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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:59 
Sunset: 21:17
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Alrakis - μ Draconis (mu Draconis)

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Altitude: 66.0°   Azimuth: 293.0°   Direction: West-North-West

Alrakis, also designated as μ Draconis (mu Draconis), is a multiple main-sequence star of spectral class F7 in the constellation of Draco.

Alrakis visual magnitude is 5.8. Because of its faintness, Alrakis is visible to the naked eye only from locations with very dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Alrakis

Finder chart Alrakis - μ Draconis (mu Draconis) star
Simplified finder chart for Alrakis - μ Draconis (mu Draconis).

Alrakis 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 Alrakis are provided in the following table:

17h 05m 19s
+54° 28’ 13”
Image of Alrakis - μ Draconis (mu Draconis) star
DSS2 image of Alrakis. The red arrow shows the motion of Alrakis during the next 10000 years (-12.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and 14.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Alrakis


and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

Alrakis star system properties

Alrakis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of medium or large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Alrakis double sysyem:

2 arcsec

Distance of Alrakis from the Sun and relative movement

Alrakis is distant 75.81 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 15 kilometers per second.

23.26 pc
75.81 ly
-15 km/s
-0.073 arcsec/year
0.085 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of Alrakis

μ Draconis
(mu Draconis)
21 Draconis
Wo 9584 A

Visibility of Alrakis from your location

Alrakis - μ Draconis (mu Draconis) is circumpolar and transits at 23:14 UTC (altitude: 87.0°)