51 Hydrae is a variable giant star in the constellation of Hydra.
51 Hydrae visual magnitude is 4.77. Because of its moderate brightness, 51 Hydrae should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.
The table below summarizes the key facts about 51 Hydrae:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 51 Hydrae
51 Hydrae is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 51 Hydrae are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of 51 Hydrae in the sky:
Visibility of 51 Hydrae from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of 51 Hydrae
The image below is a photograph of 51 Hydrae 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 51 Hydrae is -0.193 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.112 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of 51 Hydrae from the Sun and relative movement
51 Hydrae is distant 174.61 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 20 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of 51 Hydrae
51 Hydrae belongs to spectral class K4 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where 51 Hydrae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.