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8 Persei

Altitude: 69.6°   Azimuth: 301.6°   Direction: West-North-West

8 Persei is a giant star in the constellation of Perseus.

8 Persei visual magnitude is 5.75. Because of its reltive faintness, 8 Persei should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 8 Persei is 0.063 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.005 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 8 Persei star
DSS2 image of 8 Persei. The red arrow shows the motion of 8 Persei during the next 10000 years (10.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.83 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 8 Persei


8 Persei is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 69.6°
Azimuth: 301.6°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 8 Persei

8 Persei is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 8 Persei are provided in the following table:

02h 17m 59s
+57° 53’ 58”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 8 Persei in the sky:

Finder chart 8 Persei star
Simplified finder chart for 8 Persei.

Visibility of 8 Persei from your location

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

8 Persei is circumpolar and transits at 12:02 UTC (altitude: 83.6°)

Distance of 8 Persei from the Sun and relative movement

8 Persei is distant 378.63 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.

116.14 pc
378.63 ly
3 km/s
0.063 arcsec/year
0.005 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 8 Persei

8 Persei belongs to spectral class K3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 8 Persei is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 8 Persei. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 8 Persei