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6 Canum Venaticorum

6 Canum Venaticorum is a giant star in the constellation of Canes Venatici.

6 Canum Venaticorum visual magnitude is 5.02. Because of its reltive faintness, 6 Canum Venaticorum 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 6 Canum Venaticorum:

6 Canum Venaticorum is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 51°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 6 Canum Venaticorum

6 Canum Venaticorum is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 6 Canum Venaticorum are provided in the following table:

12h 25m 50s
+39° 01’ 06”
Canes Venatici

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 6 Canum Venaticorum in the sky:

Finder chart 6 Canum Venaticorum star
Simplified finder chart for 6 Canum Venaticorum.

Visibility of 6 Canum Venaticorum from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

6 Canum Venaticorum is circumpolar and transits at 00:28 UTC (altitude: 77.5°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 6 Canum Venaticorum

The image below is a photograph of 6 Canum Venaticorum 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 6 Canum Venaticorum is -0.078 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.032 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 6 Canum Venaticorum star
DSS2 image of 6 Canum Venaticorum. The red arrow shows the motion of 6 Canum Venaticorum during the next 10000 years (-13.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -5.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 6 Canum Venaticorum from the Sun and relative movement

6 Canum Venaticorum is distant 227.18 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.

69.69 pc
227.18 ly
-4 km/s
-0.078 arcsec/year
-0.032 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 6 Canum Venaticorum

6 Canum Venaticorum belongs to spectral class G9 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 6 Canum Venaticorum is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 6 Canum Venaticorum. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 6 Canum Venaticorum

6 Canum Venaticorum