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72 Piscium

Altitude: -13.4°   Azimuth: 316.4°   Direction: North-West

72 Piscium is a double bright giant star in the constellation of Pisces.

72 Piscium visual magnitude is 5.68. Because of its reltive faintness, 72 Piscium 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 72 Piscium:

Bright giant

72 Piscium is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -13.4°
Azimuth: 316.4°
Direction: North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 72 Piscium

72 Piscium 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 Piscium are provided in the following table:

01h 05m 05s
+14° 56’ 45”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 72 Piscium in the sky:

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

Visibility of 72 Piscium 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 72 Piscium 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: 75.1°
Max altitude: 53.5°
Azimuth: 284.9°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 72 Piscium

The image below is a photograph of 72 Piscium 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 Piscium is 0.006 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.054 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 72 Piscium star
DSS2 image of 72 Piscium. The red arrow shows the motion of 72 Piscium during the next 10000 years (1.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 9.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 72 Piscium from the Sun and relative movement

72 Piscium is distant 178.34 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.

54.70 pc
178.34 ly
4 km/s
0.006 arcsec/year
0.054 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 72 Piscium

72 Piscium belongs to spectral class F4 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


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

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

72 Piscium star system properties

72 Piscium is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 72 Piscium double sysyem:

55.2 arcsec

Alternative designations of 72 Piscium