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52 Hydrae

Altitude: -67.9°   Azimuth: 352.5°   Direction: North

52 Hydrae is a variable and multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Hydra.

52 Hydrae visual magnitude is 4.97. Because of its moderate brightness, 52 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 52 Hydrae:


52 Hydrae is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -67.9°
Azimuth: 352.5°
Direction: North

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 52 Hydrae

52 Hydrae is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 52 Hydrae are provided in the following table:

14h 28m 10s
-29° 29’ 30”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 52 Hydrae in the sky:

Finder chart 52 Hydrae star
Simplified finder chart for 52 Hydrae.

Visibility of 52 Hydrae 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 52 Hydrae 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: 119.5°
Max altitude: 9.0°
Azimuth: 240.5°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 52 Hydrae

The image below is a photograph of 52 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 52 Hydrae is -0.024 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.023 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 52 Hydrae star
DSS2 image of 52 Hydrae. The red arrow shows the motion of 52 Hydrae during the next 10000 years (-4.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 52 Hydrae from the Sun and relative movement

52 Hydrae is distant 415.29 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 16 kilometers per second.

127.39 pc
415.29 ly
16 km/s
-0.024 arcsec/year
-0.023 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 52 Hydrae

52 Hydrae belongs to spectral class B8 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 52 Hydrae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 52 Hydrae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 52 Hydrae