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59 Hydrae

Altitude: -34.1°   Azimuth: 267.2°   Direction: West

59 Hydrae is a double main-sequence star in the constellation of Hydra.

59 Hydrae visual magnitude is 5.65. Because of its reltive faintness, 59 Hydrae 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 59 Hydrae:


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

Altitude: -34.1°
Azimuth: 267.2°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 59 Hydrae

59 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 59 Hydrae are provided in the following table:

14h 58m 39s
-27° 39’ 25”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 59 Hydrae in the sky:

Finder chart 59 Hydrae star
Simplified finder chart for 59 Hydrae.

Visibility of 59 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 59 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: 117.7°
Max altitude: 10.9°
Azimuth: 242.3°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 59 Hydrae

The image below is a photograph of 59 Hydrae 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 59 Hydrae is -0.042 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.01 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 59 Hydrae star
DSS2 image of 59 Hydrae. The red arrow shows the motion of 59 Hydrae during the next 10000 years (-7.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 59 Hydrae from the Sun and relative movement

59 Hydrae is distant 349.79 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 10 kilometers per second.

107.30 pc
349.79 ly
-10 km/s
-0.042 arcsec/year
-0.01 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 59 Hydrae

59 Hydrae belongs to spectral class A4 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 59 Hydrae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 59 Hydrae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

59 Hydrae star system properties

59 Hydrae 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 59 Hydrae double sysyem:

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Alternative designations of 59 Hydrae