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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:58 
Sunset: 21:15
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Athebyne - η Draconis (eta Draconis)

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Altitude: 26.5°   Azimuth: 18.2°   Direction: North-North-East

Athebyne, also designated as η Draconis (eta Draconis), is a variable and multiple giant star of spectral class G8 in the constellation of Draco.

Athebyne visual magnitude is 2.74. Because of its brightness, Athebyne is clearly visible to the naked eye when observed from locations with dark skies, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Athebyne

Finder chart Athebyne - η Draconis (eta Draconis) star
Simplified finder chart for Athebyne - η Draconis (eta Draconis).

Athebyne is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of Athebyne are provided in the following table:

16h 23m 59s
+61° 30’ 51”
Image of Athebyne - η Draconis (eta Draconis) star
DSS2 image of Athebyne. The red arrow shows the motion of Athebyne during the next 10000 years (-2.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and 10.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Athebyne


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


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

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

Athebyne star system properties

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

564.9 arcsec

Distance of Athebyne from the Sun and relative movement

Athebyne is distant 87.68 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.

26.90 pc
87.68 ly
-14 km/s
-0.017 arcsec/year
0.061 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of Athebyne

η Draconis
(eta Draconis)
14 Draconis
Gl 624.1A

Visibility of Athebyne from your location

Athebyne - η Draconis (eta Draconis) is circumpolar and transits at 22:49 UTC (altitude: 80.0°)