Ashlesha - ε Hydrae (epsilon Hydrae)
Ashlesha, also designated as ε Hydrae (epsilon Hydrae), is a variable and multiple giant star in the constellation of Hydra.
Ashlesha visual magnitude is 3.38. Because of its moderate brightness, Ashlesha 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 Ashlesha:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Ashlesha
Ashlesha 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 Ashlesha are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Ashlesha in the sky:
Visibility of Ashlesha from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Ashlesha
The image below is a photograph of Ashlesha 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 Ashlesha is -0.189 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.051 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Ashlesha from the Sun and relative movement
Ashlesha is distant 135.10 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 36 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Ashlesha
Ashlesha belongs to spectral class G5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Ashlesha is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Ashlesha star system properties
Ashlesha is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Ashlesha double sysyem: