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74 Draconis

74 Draconis is a multiple hypergiant star in the constellation of Draco.

74 Draconis visual magnitude is 5.96. Because of its reltive faintness, 74 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 74 Draconis:

74 Draconis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 45°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 74 Draconis

74 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 74 Draconis are provided in the following table:

20h 29m 27s
+81° 05’ 29”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 74 Draconis in the sky:

Finder chart 74 Draconis star
Simplified finder chart for 74 Draconis.

Visibility of 74 Draconis from your location

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

74 Draconis is circumpolar and transits at 04:03 UTC (altitude: 60.4°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 74 Draconis

The image below is a photograph of 74 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 74 Draconis is 0.064 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.222 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 74 Draconis star
DSS2 image of 74 Draconis. The red arrow shows the motion of 74 Draconis during the next 1000 years (1.07 arcmin in Right Ascension and 3.70 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 74 Draconis from the Sun and relative movement

74 Draconis is distant 205.29 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.

62.97 pc
205.29 ly
-14 km/s
0.064 arcsec/year
0.222 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 74 Draconis

74 Draconis belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 74 Draconis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 74 Draconis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

74 Draconis star system properties

74 Draconis is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 74 Draconis double sysyem:

209 arcsec

Alternative designations of 74 Draconis

74 Draconis