51 Ophiuchi is a variable main-sequence star in the constellation of Ophiuchus.
51 Ophiuchi visual magnitude is 4.81. Because of its moderate brightness, 51 Ophiuchi 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 Ophiuchi:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 51 Ophiuchi
51 Ophiuchi 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 51 Ophiuchi are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of 51 Ophiuchi in the sky:
Visibility of 51 Ophiuchi from your location
Today's 51 Ophiuchi rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
Digitized Sky Survey image of 51 Ophiuchi
The image below is a photograph of 51 Ophiuchi 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 Ophiuchi is 0.004 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.027 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of 51 Ophiuchi from the Sun and relative movement
51 Ophiuchi is distant 426.14 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 12 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of 51 Ophiuchi
51 Ophiuchi belongs to spectral class B9 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where 51 Ophiuchi is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.