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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 4:58 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:09
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56 Orionis

Above the horizon.  Rise: 5:17 | Tran: 11:25 | Set: 17:32
Altitude: 1.7°   Azimuth: 89.1°   Direction: East

56 Orionis is a variable and double bright giant star of spectral class K1 in the constellation of Orion.

56 Orionis visual magnitude is 4.78. Because of its moderate brightness, 56 Orionis is easily visible to the naked eye from locations with dark skies, while it might be barely visible, or not visible at all, from light-polluted skies.

56 Orionis is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

Image of 56 Orionis star
DSS2 image of 56 Orionis. The red arrow shows the motion of 56 Orionis during the next 10000 years (-1.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.00 arcmin in declination);

Apparent Coordinates

05h 53m 42s
+01° 51’ 32”

J2000 Coordinates

05h 52m 26s
+01° 51’ 18”

Galactic Coordinates


Finder Chart

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

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class

Bright giant


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

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

Star System Properties

56 Orionis is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 56 Orionis double sysyem:

43.4 arcsec

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

56 Orionis is distant 1,112.63 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 10 kilometers per second.

341.30 pc
1,112.63 ly
10 km/s
-0.007 arcsec/y
-0.012 "/y

Alternative Designations


Visibility from Your Location

Today's 56 Orionis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 88.1°
Max altitude: 40.4°
Azimuth: 271.9°