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6 Leonis

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

6 Leonis visual magnitude is 5.07. Because of its reltive faintness, 6 Leonis 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 Leonis:

5.07
Giant
6 Leonis is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 6 Leonis

6 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 6 Leonis are provided in the following table:

09h 31m 57s
+09° 42’ 56”
223.42°
39.97°
Leo

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

Finder chart 6 Leonis star
Simplified finder chart for 6 Leonis.

Visibility of 6 Leonis from your location

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

Today's 6 Leonis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 80.3°
Max altitude: 48.2°
Azimuth: 279.7°
6 Leonis is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of 6 Leonis

The image below is a photograph of 6 Leonis 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 Leonis is -0.003 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.013 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 6 Leonis star
DSS2 image of 6 Leonis. The red arrow shows the motion of 6 Leonis during the next 10000 years (-0.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 6 Leonis from the Sun and relative movement

6 Leonis is distant 482.25 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 19 kilometers per second.

147.93 pc
482.25 ly
19 km/s
-0.003 arcsec/year
-0.013 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 6 Leonis

6 Leonis belongs to spectral class K2 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.

-0.78
K2III
4000K

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

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

6 Leonis star system properties

6 Leonis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 6 Leonis double sysyem:

5.07
9.47
4.4
37.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of 6 Leonis

SAO117751
SAO117751