η Cephei (eta Cephei)
η Cephei is a double hypergiant star in the constellation of Cepheus.
η Cephei visual magnitude is 3.43. Because of its moderate brightness, η Cephei 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 η Cephei:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of η Cephei
η Cephei 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 η Cephei are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of η Cephei in the sky:
Visibility of η Cephei from your location
η Cephei (eta Cephei) is circumpolar and transits at 15:48 UTC (altitude: 79.6°)
Digitized Sky Survey image of η Cephei
The image below is a photograph of η Cephei 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 η Cephei is 0.087 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.818 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of η Cephei from the Sun and relative movement
η Cephei is distant 46.75 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 87 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of η Cephei
η Cephei belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a hypergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where η Cephei is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
η Cephei star system properties
η Cephei 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 η Cephei double sysyem: