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52 Sagittarii

Altitude: -8.4°   Azimuth: 240.2°   Direction: West-South-West

52 Sagittarii is a variable and double star in the constellation of Sagittarius.

52 Sagittarii visual magnitude is 4.6. Because of its moderate brightness, 52 Sagittarii 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 Sagittarii:


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

Altitude: -8.4°
Azimuth: 240.2°
Direction: West-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 52 Sagittarii

52 Sagittarii 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 52 Sagittarii are provided in the following table:

19h 36m 42s
-24° 53’ 00”

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

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

Visibility of 52 Sagittarii 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 Sagittarii 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: 114.9°
Max altitude: 13.6°
Azimuth: 245.1°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 52 Sagittarii

The image below is a photograph of 52 Sagittarii 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 Sagittarii is 0.069 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.021 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 52 Sagittarii star
DSS2 image of 52 Sagittarii. The red arrow shows the motion of 52 Sagittarii during the next 10000 years (11.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 52 Sagittarii from the Sun and relative movement

52 Sagittarii is distant 189.10 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 19 kilometers per second.

58.00 pc
189.10 ly
-19 km/s
0.069 arcsec/year
-0.021 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 52 Sagittarii

52 Sagittarii belongs to spectral class B9


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

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

52 Sagittarii star system properties

52 Sagittarii is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of medium or large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 52 Sagittarii double sysyem:

2.7 arcsec

Alternative designations of 52 Sagittarii

52 Sagittarii