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61 Ursae Majoris

Altitude: 72.5°   Azimuth: 169.4°   Direction: South

61 Ursae Majoris is a variable and double main-sequence star in the constellation of Ursa Major.

61 Ursae Majoris visual magnitude is 5.33. Because of its reltive faintness, 61 Ursae Majoris 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 Ursae Majoris:


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

Altitude: 72.5°
Azimuth: 169.4°
Direction: South

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 61 Ursae Majoris

61 Ursae Majoris 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 Ursae Majoris are provided in the following table:

11h 41m 03s
+34° 12’ 06”
Ursa Major

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

Finder chart 61 Ursae Majoris star
Simplified finder chart for 61 Ursae Majoris.

Visibility of 61 Ursae Majoris 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 Ursae Majoris 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: 55.8°
Max altitude: 72.7°
Azimuth: 304.2°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 61 Ursae Majoris

The image below is a photograph of 61 Ursae Majoris 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 Ursae Majoris is -0.012 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.381 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 61 Ursae Majoris star
DSS2 image of 61 Ursae Majoris. The red arrow shows the motion of 61 Ursae Majoris during the next 1000 years (-0.20 arcmin in Right Ascension and -6.35 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 61 Ursae Majoris from the Sun and relative movement

61 Ursae Majoris is distant 31.10 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.

9.54 pc
31.10 ly
-5 km/s
-0.012 arcsec/year
-0.381 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 61 Ursae Majoris

61 Ursae Majoris belongs to spectral class G8 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

61 Ursae Majoris star system properties

61 Ursae Majoris is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 61 Ursae Majoris double sysyem:

159.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of 61 Ursae Majoris

61 Ursae Majoris