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48 Leonis

48 Leonis is a giant star in the constellation of Leo.

48 Leonis visual magnitude is 5.08. Because of its reltive faintness, 48 Leonis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 48 Leonis:

48 Leonis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 36°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 48 Leonis

48 Leonis is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 48 Leonis are provided in the following table:

10h 34m 48s
+06° 57’ 12”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 48 Leonis in the sky:

Finder chart 48 Leonis star
Simplified finder chart for 48 Leonis.

Visibility of 48 Leonis from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's 48 Leonis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 83.0°
Max altitude: 45.5°
Azimuth: 277.0°
48 Leonis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of 48 Leonis

The image below is a photograph of 48 Leonis from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of 48 Leonis is -0.102 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.056 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 48 Leonis star
DSS2 image of 48 Leonis. The red arrow shows the motion of 48 Leonis during the next 1000 years (-1.70 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.93 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 48 Leonis from the Sun and relative movement

48 Leonis is distant 318.67 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.

97.75 pc
318.67 ly
5 km/s
-0.102 arcsec/year
0.056 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 48 Leonis

48 Leonis belongs to spectral class G8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 48 Leonis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 48 Leonis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 48 Leonis