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68 Orionis

68 Orionis is a double main-sequence star in the constellation of Orion.

68 Orionis visual magnitude is 5.75. Because of its reltive faintness, 68 Orionis 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 68 Orionis:

68 Orionis is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 68 Orionis

68 Orionis is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 68 Orionis are provided in the following table:

06h 12m 01s
+19° 47’ 26”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 68 Orionis in the sky:

Finder chart 68 Orionis star
Simplified finder chart for 68 Orionis.

Visibility of 68 Orionis 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 68 Orionis 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: 70.2°
Max altitude: 58.3°
Azimuth: 289.8°
68 Orionis is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of 68 Orionis

The image below is a photograph of 68 Orionis 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 68 Orionis is -0.001 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.012 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 68 Orionis star
DSS2 image of 68 Orionis. The red arrow shows the motion of 68 Orionis during the next 10000 years (-0.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 68 Orionis from the Sun and relative movement

68 Orionis is distant 970.24 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 31 kilometers per second.

297.62 pc
970.24 ly
31 km/s
-0.001 arcsec/year
-0.012 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 68 Orionis

68 Orionis belongs to spectral class B9 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 68 Orionis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 68 Orionis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

68 Orionis star system properties

68 Orionis is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 68 Orionis double sysyem:

86.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of 68 Orionis