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59 Leonis

Altitude: -23.1°   Azimuth: 43.8°   Direction: North-East

59 Leonis is a double giant star in the constellation of Leo.

59 Leonis visual magnitude is 4.99. Because of its moderate brightness, 59 Leonis should be easily visible from locations with dark skies, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 59 Leonis is -0.048 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.025 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 59 Leonis star
DSS2 image of 59 Leonis. The red arrow shows the motion of 59 Leonis during the next 10000 years (-8.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 59 Leonis


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

Altitude: -23.1°
Azimuth: 43.8°
Direction: North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 59 Leonis

59 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 59 Leonis are provided in the following table:

11h 00m 44s
+06° 06’ 05”

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

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

Visibility of 59 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 59 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: 83.9°
Max altitude: 44.6°
Azimuth: 276.1°

Distance of 59 Leonis from the Sun and relative movement

59 Leonis is distant 150.86 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 12 kilometers per second.

46.27 pc
150.86 ly
-12 km/s
-0.048 arcsec/year
-0.025 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 59 Leonis

59 Leonis belongs to spectral class A5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

59 Leonis star system properties

59 Leonis 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 Leonis double sysyem:

44.8 arcsec

Alternative designations of 59 Leonis