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δ Serpentis (delta Serpentis)

Altitude: 48.3°   Azimuth: 194.8°   Direction: South-South-West

δ Serpentis is a variable and multiple hypergiant star in the constellation of Serpens.

δ Serpentis visual magnitude is 3.8. Because of its moderate brightness, δ Serpentis 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 δ Serpentis:


δ Serpentis (delta Serpentis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 48.3°
Azimuth: 194.8°
Direction: South-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of δ Serpentis

δ Serpentis 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 δ Serpentis are provided in the following table:

15h 34m 48s
+10° 32’ 21”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of δ Serpentis in the sky:

Finder chart δ Serpentis (delta Serpentis) star
Simplified finder chart for δ Serpentis (delta Serpentis).

Visibility of δ Serpentis from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's δ Serpentis (delta Serpentis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 79.5°
Max altitude: 49.1°
Azimuth: 280.5°

Digitized Sky Survey image of δ Serpentis

The image below is a photograph of δ Serpentis 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 δ Serpentis is -0.074 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.012 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of δ Serpentis (delta Serpentis) star
DSS2 image of δ Serpentis. The red arrow shows the motion of δ Serpentis during the next 10000 years (-12.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.00 arcmin in declination);

Spectral properties of δ Serpentis

δ Serpentis belongs to spectral class F0 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a hypergiant star.


δ Serpentis star system properties

δ Serpentis 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 δ Serpentis double sysyem:

3.9 arcsec

Alternative designations of δ Serpentis

δ Serpentis
(delta Serpentis)
13 Serpentis