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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
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56 Arietis

Altitude: 27.6°   Azimuth: 279.9°   Direction: West

56 Arietis is a variable star in the constellation of Aries.

56 Arietis visual magnitude is 5.79. Because of its reltive faintness, 56 Arietis 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 Arietis:


56 Arietis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 27.6°
Azimuth: 279.9°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 56 Arietis

56 Arietis 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 56 Arietis are provided in the following table:

03h 12m 14s
+27° 15’ 24”

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

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

Visibility of 56 Arietis 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 Arietis 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: 62.7°
Max altitude: 65.8°
Azimuth: 297.3°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 56 Arietis

The image below is a photograph of 56 Arietis 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 Arietis is 0.01 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.017 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 56 Arietis star
DSS2 image of 56 Arietis. The red arrow shows the motion of 56 Arietis during the next 10000 years (1.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 56 Arietis from the Sun and relative movement

56 Arietis is distant 371.30 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 11 kilometers per second.

113.90 pc
371.30 ly
11 km/s
0.01 arcsec/year
-0.017 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 56 Arietis

56 Arietis belongs to spectral class B9 56 Arietis is also a Si chemically peculiar star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 56 Arietis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

Alternative designations of 56 Arietis