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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:40  
clear_day Transit: 11:47  
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Altitude: -21.4°   Azimuth: 251.9°   Direction: West-South-West

HR268 is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Sculptor.

HR268 visual magnitude is 6.1. Because of its reltive faintness, HR268 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 HR268:


HR268 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -21.4°
Azimuth: 251.9°
Direction: West-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR268

HR268 is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of HR268 are provided in the following table:

00h 55m 55s
-27° 46’ 32”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR268 in the sky:

Finder chart HR268 star
Simplified finder chart for HR268.

Visibility of HR268 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 HR268 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: 117.8°
Max altitude: 10.7°
Azimuth: 242.2°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR268

The image below is a photograph of HR268 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 HR268 is 0 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.002 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR268 star
DSS2 image of HR268. The red arrow shows the motion of HR268 during the next 100000 years (0.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 3.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR268 from the Sun and relative movement

HR268 is distant 1,862.86 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 22 kilometers per second.

571.43 pc
1,862.86 ly
22 km/s
0.002 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR268

HR268 belongs to spectral class M0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR268 is situated in the HertzsprungÔÇôRussell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR268. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR268