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6 Lyncis

Altitude: 64.1°   Azimuth: 302.4°   Direction: West-North-West

6 Lyncis is a double hypergiant star in the constellation of Lynx.

6 Lyncis visual magnitude is 5.88. Because of its reltive faintness, 6 Lyncis should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 6 Lyncis is -0.026 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.335 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 6 Lyncis star
DSS2 image of 6 Lyncis. The red arrow shows the motion of 6 Lyncis during the next 1000 years (-0.43 arcmin in Right Ascension and -5.58 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 6 Lyncis


6 Lyncis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 64.1°
Azimuth: 302.4°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 6 Lyncis

6 Lyncis 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 Lyncis are provided in the following table:

06h 30m 47s
+58° 09’ 46”

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

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

Visibility of 6 Lyncis from your location

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

6 Lyncis is circumpolar and transits at 19:42 UTC (altitude: 83.3°)

Distance of 6 Lyncis from the Sun and relative movement

6 Lyncis is distant 185.65 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 36 kilometers per second.

56.95 pc
185.65 ly
36 km/s
-0.026 arcsec/year
-0.335 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 6 Lyncis

6 Lyncis belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 6 Lyncis is situated in the Hertzsprungā€“Russell diagram.

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

6 Lyncis star system properties

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

179.6 arcsec

Alternative designations of 6 Lyncis