Your Guide to the Solar System and the Night Sky
This site is free and ad-free thanks to the support of our users. If you can, please consider a donation.
public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 6:47  
clear_day Transit: 12:50  
SunsetSet: 18:52 south
sunny DaytimeWhat's Visible Now
All Constellations » Aquarius » 

56 Aquarii

Altitude: -52.8°   Azimuth: 350.5°   Direction: North

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

56 Aquarii visual magnitude is 6.37. Because of its reltive faintness, 56 Aquarii 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 56 Aquarii:


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

Altitude: -52.8°
Azimuth: 350.5°
Direction: North

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 56 Aquarii

56 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 56 Aquarii are provided in the following table:

22h 30m 17s
-14° 35’ 08”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 56 Aquarii in the sky:

Finder chart 56 Aquarii star
Simplified finder chart for 56 Aquarii.

Visibility of 56 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 56 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: 104.6°
Max altitude: 23.9°
Azimuth: 255.4°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 56 Aquarii

The image below is a photograph of 56 Aquarii 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 56 Aquarii is 0.039 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.039 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 56 Aquarii star
DSS2 image of 56 Aquarii. The red arrow shows the motion of 56 Aquarii during the next 10000 years (6.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and -6.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 56 Aquarii from the Sun and relative movement

56 Aquarii is distant 633.01 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 27 kilometers per second.

194.17 pc
633.01 ly
-27 km/s
0.039 arcsec/year
-0.039 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 56 Aquarii

56 Aquarii 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 56 Aquarii is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 56 Aquarii. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 56 Aquarii