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53 Aquarii

Altitude: -24.5°   Azimuth: 273.7°   Direction: West

53 Aquarii is a multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Aquarius.

53 Aquarii visual magnitude is 6.35. Because of its reltive faintness, 53 Aquarii should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 53 Aquarii is 0.223 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.003 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 53 Aquarii star
DSS2 image of 53 Aquarii. The red arrow shows the motion of 53 Aquarii during the next 1000 years (3.72 arcmin in Right Ascension and -0.05 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 53 Aquarii


53 Aquarii is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -24.5°
Azimuth: 273.7°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 53 Aquarii

53 Aquarii 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 53 Aquarii are provided in the following table:

22h 26m 34s
-16° 44’ 32”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 53 Aquarii in the sky:

Finder chart 53 Aquarii star
Simplified finder chart for 53 Aquarii.

Visibility of 53 Aquarii 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 53 Aquarii 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: 106.7°
Max altitude: 21.8°
Azimuth: 253.3°

Distance of 53 Aquarii from the Sun and relative movement

53 Aquarii is distant 65.46 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.

20.08 pc
65.46 ly
-6 km/s
0.223 arcsec/year
-0.003 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 53 Aquarii

53 Aquarii belongs to spectral class G1 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 53 Aquarii is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 53 Aquarii. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

53 Aquarii star system properties

53 Aquarii is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 53 Aquarii double sysyem:

3.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of 53 Aquarii

Gl 859 A