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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 5:15 
Transit: 13:06 
Sunset: 20:56
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Hamal - α Arietis (alpha Arietis)

Above the horizon.  Rise: 22:40 | Tran: 6:54 | Set: 15:05
Alt: 41.64°   Az: 255.07°   Direction: West-South-West

Hamal, also designated as α Arietis (alpha Arietis), is a variable giant star of spectral class K2 in the constellation of Aries.

Hamal visual magnitude is 2, making it the 48th brightest star in the sky. Because of its brightness, Hamal 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.

Image of Hamal - α Arietis (alpha Arietis) star
DSS2 image of Hamal. The red arrow shows the motion of Hamal during the next 1000 years (3.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.47 arcmin in declination);

Celestial Coordinates


02h 08m 33s
+23° 34’ 42”
03h 27m 56s
05h 36m 30s


02h 07m 10s
+23° 27’ 44”

Galactic Coordinates


Finder Chart

Finder chart Hamal - α Arietis (alpha Arietis) star
Simplified finder chart for Hamal - α Arietis (alpha Arietis).

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class



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

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

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

Hamal is distant 65.89 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.

-14 km/s
0.19 arcsec/y

Alternative Designations

α Arietis
(alpha Arietis)

Visibility from Your Location

Today's Hamal - α Arietis (alpha Arietis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 66.4°
Max altitude: 62.1°
Azimuth: 293.6°