72 Leonis is a variable bright giant star in the constellation of Leo.
72 Leonis visual magnitude is 4.63. Because of its moderate brightness, 72 Leonis should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.
The table below summarizes the key facts about 72 Leonis:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 72 Leonis
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. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 72 Leonis are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of 72 Leonis in the sky:
Visibility of 72 Leonis from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of 72 Leonis
The image below is a photograph of 72 Leonis 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 72 Leonis is -0.024 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.006 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of 72 Leonis from the Sun and relative movement
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.
Spectral properties of 72 Leonis
72 Leonis belongs to spectral class M3 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where 72 Leonis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.