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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 5:00 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:07
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Acubens - α Cancri (alpha Cancri)

Below the horizon.  Rise: 7:25 | Tran: 14:24 | Set: 21:22
Alt: -3.24°   Az: 293.51°   Direction: West-North-West

Acubens, also designated as α Cancri (alpha Cancri), is a variable and multiple star of spectral class A5 in the constellation of Cancer.

Acubens visual magnitude is 4.25. Because of its moderate brightness, Acubens 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.

Acubens 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 Acubens - α Cancri (alpha Cancri) star
DSS2 image of Acubens. The red arrow shows the motion of Acubens during the next 10000 years (5.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -5.17 arcmin in declination);

Celestial Coordinates


08h 59m 49s
+11° 45’ 41”
07h 23m 00s
16h 22m 50s


08h 58m 29s
+11° 51’ 28”

Galactic Coordinates


Finder Chart

Finder chart Acubens - α Cancri (alpha Cancri) star
Simplified finder chart for Acubens - α Cancri (alpha Cancri).

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class



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

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

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

Acubens is distant 173.50 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.

53.22 pc
173.50 ly
-14 km/s
0.034 arcsec/y
-0.031 "/y

Alternative Designations

α Cancri
(alpha Cancri)

Visibility from Your Location

Today's Acubens - α Cancri (alpha Cancri) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 78.2°
Max altitude: 50.3°
Azimuth: 281.8°