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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 4:51  
clear_day Transit: 12:56  
SunsetSet: 21:00 south
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HR1280 is a multiple giant star in the constellation of Taurus.

HR1280 visual magnitude is 5.89. Because of its reltive faintness, HR1280 should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about HR1280:

HR1280 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 24°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR1280

HR1280 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 HR1280 are provided in the following table:

04h 07m 59s
+17° 20’ 22”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR1280 in the sky:

Finder chart HR1280 star
Simplified finder chart for HR1280.

Visibility of HR1280 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 HR1280 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: 72.7°
Max altitude: 55.9°
Azimuth: 287.3°
HR1280 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR1280

The image below is a photograph of HR1280 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 HR1280 is 0.007 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.015 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR1280 star
DSS2 image of HR1280. The red arrow shows the motion of HR1280 during the next 10000 years (1.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR1280 from the Sun and relative movement

HR1280 is distant 344.61 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 31 kilometers per second.

105.71 pc
344.61 ly
-31 km/s
0.007 arcsec/year
-0.015 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR1280

HR1280 belongs to spectral class K5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR1280 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR1280. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR1280