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ε Scuti (epsilon Scuti)

ε Scuti is a multiple bright giant star in the constellation of Scutum.

ε Scuti visual magnitude is 4.9. Because of its moderate brightness, ε Scuti 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 ε Scuti:

4.9
Bright giant
ε Scuti (epsilon Scuti) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ε Scuti

ε Scuti 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 ε Scuti are provided in the following table:

18h 43m 31s
-08° 16’ 31”
24.67°
-2.02°
Scutum

The simplified sky map below shows the position of ε Scuti in the sky:

Finder chart ε Scuti (epsilon Scuti) star
Simplified finder chart for ε Scuti (epsilon Scuti).

Visibility of ε Scuti from your location

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

Today's ε Scuti (epsilon Scuti) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 98.3°
Max altitude: 30.2°
Azimuth: 261.7°
ε Scuti (epsilon Scuti) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of ε Scuti

The image below is a photograph of ε Scuti 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 ε Scuti is 0.022 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.008 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ε Scuti (epsilon Scuti) star
DSS2 image of ε Scuti. The red arrow shows the motion of ε Scuti during the next 10000 years (3.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ε Scuti from the Sun and relative movement

ε Scuti is distant 522.44 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 11 kilometers per second.

160.26 pc
522.44 ly
-11 km/s
0.022 arcsec/year
0.008 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ε Scuti

ε Scuti belongs to spectral class G8 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.

-1.12
G8II
4472K

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

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

ε Scuti star system properties

ε Scuti 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 ε Scuti double sysyem:

4.9
13.5
8.6
37.6 arcsec

Alternative designations of ε Scuti

ε Scuti
(epsilon Scuti)
SAO142546
SAO142546