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61 Cancri

Altitude: 66.9°   Azimuth: 208.0°   Direction: South-South-West

61 Cancri is a main-sequence star in the constellation of Cancer.

61 Cancri visual magnitude is 6.29. Because of its reltive faintness, 61 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 61 Cancri:


61 Cancri is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 66.9°
Azimuth: 208.0°
Direction: South-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 61 Cancri

61 Cancri 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 61 Cancri are provided in the following table:

08h 57m 58s
+30° 14’ 00”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 61 Cancri in the sky:

Finder chart 61 Cancri star
Simplified finder chart for 61 Cancri.

Visibility of 61 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 61 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: 59.8°
Max altitude: 68.8°
Azimuth: 300.2°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 61 Cancri

The image below is a photograph of 61 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 61 Cancri is 0.055 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.024 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 61 Cancri star
DSS2 image of 61 Cancri. The red arrow shows the motion of 61 Cancri during the next 10000 years (9.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and 4.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 61 Cancri from the Sun and relative movement

61 Cancri is distant 163.65 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 8 kilometers per second.

50.20 pc
163.65 ly
8 km/s
0.055 arcsec/year
0.024 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 61 Cancri

61 Cancri belongs to spectral class F6 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 61 Cancri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 61 Cancri. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 61 Cancri