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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:58 
Sunset: 21:15
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51 Aurigae

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Altitude: 66.8°   Azimuth: 249.8°   Direction: West-South-West

51 Aurigae is a giant star of spectral class K5 in the constellation of Auriga.

51 Aurigae visual magnitude is 5.69. Because of its faintness, 51 Aurigae is visible to the naked eye only from locations with very dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 51 Aurigae

Finder chart 51 Aurigae star
Simplified finder chart for 51 Aurigae.

51 Aurigae is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 51 Aurigae are provided in the following table:

06h 38m 39s
+39° 23’ 26”
Image of 51 Aurigae star
DSS2 image of 51 Aurigae. The red arrow shows the motion of 51 Aurigae during the next 1000 years (-0.38 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.82 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 51 Aurigae


and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 51 Aurigae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 51 Aurigae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Distance of 51 Aurigae from the Sun and relative movement

51 Aurigae is distant 316.50 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 33 kilometers per second.

97.09 pc
316.50 ly
33 km/s
-0.023 arcsec/year
-0.109 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of 51 Aurigae


Visibility of 51 Aurigae from your location

51 Aurigae is circumpolar and transits at 13:05 UTC (altitude: 77.9°)