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66 Draconis

Altitude: 77.6°   Azimuth: 27.3°   Direction: North-North-East

66 Draconis is a giant star in the constellation of Draco.

66 Draconis visual magnitude is 5.39. Because of its reltive faintness, 66 Draconis 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 Draconis:


66 Draconis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 77.6°
Azimuth: 27.3°
Direction: North-North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 66 Draconis

66 Draconis is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 66 Draconis are provided in the following table:

20h 05m 32s
+61° 59’ 44”

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

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

Visibility of 66 Draconis from your location

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

66 Draconis is circumpolar and transits at 03:04 UTC (altitude: 79.5°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 66 Draconis

The image below is a photograph of 66 Draconis 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 Draconis is 0.121 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.074 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 66 Draconis star
DSS2 image of 66 Draconis. The red arrow shows the motion of 66 Draconis during the next 1000 years (2.02 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.23 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 66 Draconis from the Sun and relative movement

66 Draconis is distant 173.59 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.

53.25 pc
173.59 ly
6 km/s
0.121 arcsec/year
0.074 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 66 Draconis

66 Draconis belongs to spectral class K3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of 66 Draconis

66 Draconis