β Hydrae (beta Hydrae)
β Hydrae is a variable and double giant star in the constellation of Hydra.
β Hydrae visual magnitude is 4.28. Because of its moderate brightness, β Hydrae 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 β Hydrae:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of β Hydrae
β Hydrae is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of β Hydrae are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of β Hydrae in the sky:
Visibility of β Hydrae from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of β Hydrae
The image below is a photograph of β Hydrae 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 β Hydrae is -0.05 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.005 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of β Hydrae from the Sun and relative movement
β Hydrae is distant 365.06 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 1 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of β Hydrae
The red dot in the diagram below shows where β Hydrae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
β Hydrae star system properties
β Hydrae is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the β Hydrae double sysyem: