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61 Cygni

Altitude: 55.8°   Azimuth: 266.5°   Direction: West

61 Cygni is a variable and multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Cygnus.

61 Cygni visual magnitude is 6.03. Because of its reltive faintness, 61 Cygni 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 Cygni:


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

Altitude: 55.8°
Azimuth: 266.5°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 61 Cygni

61 Cygni 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 Cygni are provided in the following table:

21h 06m 55s
+38° 44’ 35”

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

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

Visibility of 61 Cygni from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

61 Cygni is circumpolar and transits at 16:14 UTC (altitude: 77.3°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 61 Cygni

The image below is a photograph of 61 Cygni 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 Cygni is 4.126 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 3.208 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 61 Cygni star
DSS2 image of 61 Cygni. The red arrow shows the motion of 61 Cygni during the next 100 years (6.88 arcmin in Right Ascension and 5.35 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 61 Cygni from the Sun and relative movement

61 Cygni is distant 11.42 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 64 kilometers per second.

3.50 pc
11.42 ly
-64 km/s
4.126 arcsec/year
3.208 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 61 Cygni

61 Cygni belongs to spectral class K7 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

61 Cygni star system properties

61 Cygni is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 61 Cygni double sysyem:

28.7 arcsec

Alternative designations of 61 Cygni

Gl 820 B