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66 Aurigae

66 Aurigae is a giant star in the constellation of Auriga.

66 Aurigae visual magnitude is 5.19. Because of its reltive faintness, 66 Aurigae 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 66 Aurigae:

5.19
Giant
66 Aurigae is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 11°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 66 Aurigae

66 Aurigae 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 66 Aurigae are provided in the following table:

07h 24m 08s
+40° 40’ 19”
177.67°
23.15°
Auriga

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 66 Aurigae in the sky:

Finder chart 66 Aurigae star
Simplified finder chart for 66 Aurigae.

Visibility of 66 Aurigae from your location

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

66 Aurigae is circumpolar and transits at 06:28 UTC (altitude: 79.2°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 66 Aurigae

The image below is a photograph of 66 Aurigae 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 66 Aurigae is -0.006 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.023 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 66 Aurigae star
DSS2 image of 66 Aurigae. The red arrow shows the motion of 66 Aurigae during the next 10000 years (-1.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 66 Aurigae from the Sun and relative movement

66 Aurigae is distant 727.68 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 21 kilometers per second.

223.21 pc
727.68 ly
21 km/s
-0.006 arcsec/year
-0.023 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 66 Aurigae

66 Aurigae belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.

-1.55
K1III
4251K

The red dot in the diagram below shows where 66 Aurigae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 66 Aurigae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 66 Aurigae

SAO41738
SAO41738