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60 Eridani

Altitude: -10.9°   Azimuth: 257.7°   Direction: West-South-West

60 Eridani is a variable hypergiant star in the constellation of Eridanus.

60 Eridani visual magnitude is 5.03. Because of its reltive faintness, 60 Eridani 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 Eridani:


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

Altitude: -10.9°
Azimuth: 257.7°
Direction: West-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 60 Eridani

60 Eridani 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 Eridani are provided in the following table:

04h 50m 11s
-16° 13’ 01”

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

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

Visibility of 60 Eridani 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 Eridani 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: 106.2°
Max altitude: 22.3°
Azimuth: 253.8°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 60 Eridani

The image below is a photograph of 60 Eridani 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 Eridani is 0.041 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.054 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 60 Eridani star
DSS2 image of 60 Eridani. The red arrow shows the motion of 60 Eridani during the next 10000 years (6.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and 9.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 60 Eridani from the Sun and relative movement

60 Eridani is distant 243.28 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 37 kilometers per second.

74.63 pc
243.28 ly
37 km/s
0.041 arcsec/year
0.054 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 60 Eridani

60 Eridani 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 60 Eridani is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

Alternative designations of 60 Eridani