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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:47  
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Altitude: 66.7°   Azimuth: 18.8°   Direction: North-North-East

HR1281 is a giant star in the constellation of Camelopardalis.

HR1281 visual magnitude is 6.03. Because of its reltive faintness, HR1281 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 HR1281:


HR1281 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 66.7°
Azimuth: 18.8°
Direction: North-North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR1281

HR1281 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 HR1281 are provided in the following table:

04h 13m 44s
+72° 07’ 35”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR1281 in the sky:

Finder chart HR1281 star
Simplified finder chart for HR1281.

Visibility of HR1281 from your location

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

HR1281 is circumpolar and transits at 23:15 UTC (altitude: 69.4°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR1281

The image below is a photograph of HR1281 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 HR1281 is 0.013 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.027 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR1281 star
DSS2 image of HR1281. The red arrow shows the motion of HR1281 during the next 10000 years (2.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR1281 from the Sun and relative movement

HR1281 is distant 365.47 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.

112.11 pc
365.47 ly
-4 km/s
0.013 arcsec/year
-0.027 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR1281

HR1281 belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR1281 is situated in the Hertzsprungā€“Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR1281. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR1281