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6 Serpentis

Altitude: -28.0°   Azimuth: 46.4°   Direction: North-East

6 Serpentis is a variable and double giant star in the constellation of Serpens.

6 Serpentis visual magnitude is 5.35. Because of its reltive faintness, 6 Serpentis 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 Serpentis is -0.042 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.106 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 6 Serpentis star
DSS2 image of 6 Serpentis. The red arrow shows the motion of 6 Serpentis during the next 1000 years (-0.70 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.77 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 6 Serpentis


6 Serpentis is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -28.0°
Azimuth: 46.4°
Direction: North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 6 Serpentis

6 Serpentis 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 Serpentis are provided in the following table:

15h 21m 02s
+00° 42’ 55”

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

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

Visibility of 6 Serpentis 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 6 Serpentis 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: 89.3°
Max altitude: 39.2°
Azimuth: 270.7°

Distance of 6 Serpentis from the Sun and relative movement

6 Serpentis is distant 243.65 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 9 kilometers per second.

74.74 pc
243.65 ly
9 km/s
-0.042 arcsec/year
-0.106 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 6 Serpentis

6 Serpentis belongs to spectral class K3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

6 Serpentis star system properties

6 Serpentis 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 Serpentis double sysyem:

3.1 arcsec

Alternative designations of 6 Serpentis

6 Serpentis