Acubens - α Cancri (alpha Cancri)
Acubens, also designated as α Cancri (alpha Cancri), is a variable and multiple star in the constellation of Cancer.
Acubens visual magnitude is 4.25. Because of its moderate brightness, Acubens 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 Acubens:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Acubens
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. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of Acubens are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Acubens in the sky:
Visibility of Acubens from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Acubens
The image below is a photograph of Acubens 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 Acubens is 0.034 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.031 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Acubens from the Sun and relative movement
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.
Spectral properties of Acubens
Acubens belongs to spectral class A5
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Acubens is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.