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56 Sagittarii

Altitude: 3.6°   Azimuth: 128.6°   Direction: South-East

56 Sagittarii is a giant star in the constellation of Sagittarius.

56 Sagittarii visual magnitude is 4.86. Because of its moderate brightness, 56 Sagittarii should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 56 Sagittarii:


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

Altitude: 3.6°
Azimuth: 128.6°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 56 Sagittarii

56 Sagittarii 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 Sagittarii are provided in the following table:

19h 46m 21s
-19° 45’ 39”

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

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

Visibility of 56 Sagittarii 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 Sagittarii 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: 109.8°
Max altitude: 18.8°
Azimuth: 250.2°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 56 Sagittarii

The image below is a photograph of 56 Sagittarii 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 Sagittarii is -0.129 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.089 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 56 Sagittarii star
DSS2 image of 56 Sagittarii. The red arrow shows the motion of 56 Sagittarii during the next 1000 years (-2.15 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.48 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 56 Sagittarii from the Sun and relative movement

56 Sagittarii is distant 204.77 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 20 kilometers per second.

62.81 pc
204.77 ly
20 km/s
-0.129 arcsec/year
-0.089 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 56 Sagittarii

56 Sagittarii belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of 56 Sagittarii

56 Sagittarii