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60 Cancri

Altitude: -26.9°   Azimuth: 2.5°   Direction: North

60 Cancri is a variable giant star in the constellation of Cancer.

60 Cancri visual magnitude is 5.41. Because of its reltive faintness, 60 Cancri 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 60 Cancri:


60 Cancri is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -26.9°
Azimuth: 2.5°
Direction: North

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 60 Cancri

60 Cancri 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 60 Cancri are provided in the following table:

08h 55m 55s
+11° 37’ 33”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 60 Cancri in the sky:

Finder chart 60 Cancri star
Simplified finder chart for 60 Cancri.

Visibility of 60 Cancri 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 60 Cancri 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: 78.4°
Max altitude: 50.1°
Azimuth: 281.6°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 60 Cancri

The image below is a photograph of 60 Cancri 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 60 Cancri is -0.01 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.01 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 60 Cancri star
DSS2 image of 60 Cancri. The red arrow shows the motion of 60 Cancri during the next 10000 years (-1.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 60 Cancri from the Sun and relative movement

60 Cancri is distant 582.14 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 24 kilometers per second.

178.57 pc
582.14 ly
24 km/s
-0.01 arcsec/year
-0.01 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 60 Cancri

60 Cancri belongs to spectral class K5


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 60 Cancri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 60 Cancri. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 60 Cancri