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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:59 
Sunset: 21:16
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Albireo - β1 Cygni (beta1 Cygni)

Above the horizon.  Rise: 18:06 | Tran: 2:55 | Set: 11:39
Altitude: 58.0°   Azimuth: 233.8°   Direction: South-West

Albireo, also designated as β1 Cygni (beta1 Cygni), is a variable and multiple bright giant star of spectral class K3 in the constellation of Cygnus.

Albireo visual magnitude is 3.08. Because of its moderate brightness, Albireo 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.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Albireo

Finder chart Albireo - β1 Cygni (beta1 Cygni) star
Simplified finder chart for Albireo - β1 Cygni (beta1 Cygni).

Albireo 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 Albireo are provided in the following table:

19h 30m 43s
+27° 57’ 34”
Image of Albireo - β1 Cygni (beta1 Cygni) star
DSS2 image of Albireo. The red arrow shows the motion of Albireo during the next 100000 years (3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Albireo

Bright giant

and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


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

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

Albireo star system properties

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

34.7 arcsec

Distance of Albireo from the Sun and relative movement

Albireo is distant 385.34 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 24 kilometers per second.

118.20 pc
385.34 ly
-24 km/s
0.002 arcsec/year
-0.002 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of Albireo

β1 Cygni
(beta1 Cygni)

Visibility of Albireo from your location

Today's Albireo - β1 Cygni (beta1 Cygni) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 62.0°
Max altitude: 66.5°
Azimuth: 298.0°