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60 Serpentis

Altitude: 21.5°   Azimuth: 236.3°   Direction: West-South-West

60 Serpentis is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Serpens.

60 Serpentis visual magnitude is 5.39. Because of its reltive faintness, 60 Serpentis 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 Serpentis:


60 Serpentis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 21.5°
Azimuth: 236.3°
Direction: West-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 60 Serpentis

60 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 60 Serpentis are provided in the following table:

18h 29m 40s
-01° 59’ 07”

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

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

Visibility of 60 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 60 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: 92.0°
Max altitude: 36.5°
Azimuth: 268.0°
60 Serpentis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of 60 Serpentis

The image below is a photograph of 60 Serpentis 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 Serpentis is 0.032 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.033 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 60 Serpentis star
DSS2 image of 60 Serpentis. The red arrow shows the motion of 60 Serpentis during the next 10000 years (5.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -5.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 60 Serpentis from the Sun and relative movement

60 Serpentis is distant 236.06 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 28 kilometers per second.

72.41 pc
236.06 ly
28 km/s
0.032 arcsec/year
-0.033 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 60 Serpentis

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

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

Alternative designations of 60 Serpentis

60 Serpentis