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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 5:00 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:07
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72 Leonis

Above the horizon.  Rise: 8:34 | Tran: 16:40 | Set: 0:46
Alt: 0.89°   Az: 52.63°   Direction: North-East

72 Leonis is a variable bright giant star of spectral class M3 in the constellation of Leo.

72 Leonis visual magnitude is 4.63. Because of its moderate brightness, 72 Leonis is easily visible to the naked eye from locations with dark skies, while it might be barely visible, or not visible at all, from light-polluted skies.

72 Leonis is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

Image of 72 Leonis star
DSS2 image of 72 Leonis. The red arrow shows the motion of 72 Leonis during the next 10000 years (-4.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.00 arcmin in declination);

Celestial Coordinates


11h 16m 30s
+22° 57’ 41”
15h 58m 38s
03h 15m 08s


11h 15m 12s
+23° 05’ 44”

Galactic Coordinates


Finder Chart

Finder chart 72 Leonis star
Simplified finder chart for 72 Leonis.

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class

Bright giant


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 72 Leonis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 72 Leonis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

72 Leonis is distant 6,653.06 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 16 kilometers per second.

2,040.82 pc
6,653.06 ly
16 km/s
-0.024 arcsec/y
-0.006 "/y

Alternative Designations


Visibility from Your Location

Today's 72 Leonis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 67.0°
Max altitude: 61.5°
Azimuth: 293.0°