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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
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clear_day Transit: 12:11  
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56 Hydrae

Altitude: -61.7°   Azimuth: 327.4°   Direction: North-North-West

56 Hydrae is a giant star in the constellation of Hydra.

56 Hydrae visual magnitude is 5.24. Because of its reltive faintness, 56 Hydrae should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 56 Hydrae is 0.041 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.007 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 56 Hydrae star
DSS2 image of 56 Hydrae. The red arrow shows the motion of 56 Hydrae during the next 10000 years (6.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 56 Hydrae


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

Altitude: -61.7°
Azimuth: 327.4°
Direction: North-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 56 Hydrae

56 Hydrae is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 56 Hydrae are provided in the following table:

14h 47m 44s
-26° 05’ 14”

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

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

Visibility of 56 Hydrae 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 Hydrae 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: 116.1°
Max altitude: 12.4°
Azimuth: 243.9°

Distance of 56 Hydrae from the Sun and relative movement

56 Hydrae is distant 331.30 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 1 kilometers per second.

101.63 pc
331.30 ly
-1 km/s
0.041 arcsec/year
-0.007 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 56 Hydrae

56 Hydrae belongs to spectral class G5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of 56 Hydrae