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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 13:00 
Sunset: 21:18
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Anser - α Vulpeculae (alpha Vulpeculae)

Above the horizon.  Rise: 18:03 | Tran: 2:25 | Set: 10:43
Altitude: 1.9°   Azimuth: 309.0°   Direction: North-West

Anser, also designated as α Vulpeculae (alpha Vulpeculae), is a variable and double hypergiant star of spectral class M0 in the constellation of Vulpecula.

Anser visual magnitude is 4.44. Because of its moderate brightness, Anser 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 Anser

Finder chart Anser - α Vulpeculae (alpha Vulpeculae) star
Simplified finder chart for Anser - α Vulpeculae (alpha Vulpeculae).

Anser 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 Anser are provided in the following table:

19h 28m 42s
+24° 39’ 53”
Image of Anser - α Vulpeculae (alpha Vulpeculae) star
DSS2 image of Anser. The red arrow shows the motion of Anser during the next 1000 years (-2.08 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.77 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Anser


and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


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

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

Anser star system properties

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

413.7 arcsec

Distance of Anser from the Sun and relative movement

Anser is distant 296.36 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 86 kilometers per second.

90.91 pc
296.36 ly
-86 km/s
-0.125 arcsec/year
-0.106 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of Anser

α Vulpeculae
(alpha Vulpeculae)
6 Vulpeculae

Visibility of Anser from your location

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

Azimuth: 65.3°
Max altitude: 63.2°
Azimuth: 294.7°