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53 Draconis

Altitude: 43.5°   Azimuth: 311.4°   Direction: North-West

53 Draconis is a variable giant star in the constellation of Draco.

53 Draconis visual magnitude is 5.12. Because of its reltive faintness, 53 Draconis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 53 Draconis:


53 Draconis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 43.5°
Azimuth: 311.4°
Direction: North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 53 Draconis

53 Draconis is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 53 Draconis are provided in the following table:

19h 11m 40s
+56° 51’ 33”

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

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

Visibility of 53 Draconis from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

53 Draconis is circumpolar and transits at 13:59 UTC (altitude: 84.6°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 53 Draconis

The image below is a photograph of 53 Draconis 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 53 Draconis is 0.039 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.048 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 53 Draconis star
DSS2 image of 53 Draconis. The red arrow shows the motion of 53 Draconis during the next 10000 years (6.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 8.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 53 Draconis from the Sun and relative movement

53 Draconis is distant 340.65 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 16 kilometers per second.

104.49 pc
340.65 ly
-16 km/s
0.039 arcsec/year
0.048 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 53 Draconis

53 Draconis belongs to spectral class G8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of 53 Draconis

53 Draconis