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56 Leonis

Altitude: -15.4°   Azimuth: 301.8°   Direction: West-North-West

56 Leonis is a variable giant star in the constellation of Leo.

56 Leonis visual magnitude is 5.81. Because of its reltive faintness, 56 Leonis 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 56 Leonis is -0.022 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.008 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 56 Leonis star
DSS2 image of 56 Leonis. The red arrow shows the motion of 56 Leonis during the next 10000 years (-3.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 56 Leonis


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

Altitude: -15.4°
Azimuth: 301.8°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 56 Leonis

56 Leonis 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 Leonis are provided in the following table:

10h 56m 01s
+06° 11’ 07”

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

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

Visibility of 56 Leonis 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 Leonis 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: 83.8°
Max altitude: 44.7°
Azimuth: 276.2°

Distance of 56 Leonis from the Sun and relative movement

56 Leonis is distant 325.02 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 13 kilometers per second.

99.70 pc
325.02 ly
-13 km/s
-0.022 arcsec/year
-0.008 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 56 Leonis

56 Leonis belongs to spectral class M5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of 56 Leonis