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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:48  
clear_day Transit: 12:11  
SunsetSet: 17:34
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Altitude: -37.4°   Azimuth: 295.3°   Direction: West-North-West

HR2959 is a bright giant star in the constellation of Puppis.

HR2959 visual magnitude is 4.94. Because of its moderate brightness, HR2959 should be easily visible from locations with dark skies, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of HR2959 is -0.01 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.022 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR2959 star
DSS2 image of HR2959. The red arrow shows the motion of HR2959 during the next 10000 years (-1.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.67 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about HR2959

Bright giant

HR2959 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -37.4°
Azimuth: 295.3°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR2959

HR2959 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 HR2959 are provided in the following table:

07h 40m 23s
-15° 15’ 48”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR2959 in the sky:

Finder chart HR2959 star
Simplified finder chart for HR2959.

Visibility of HR2959 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 HR2959 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: 105.3°
Max altitude: 23.3°
Azimuth: 254.7°

Distance of HR2959 from the Sun and relative movement

HR2959 is distant 676.35 light years from the Sun

207.47 pc
676.35 ly
-0.01 arcsec/year
-0.022 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR2959

HR2959 belongs to spectral class K3 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR2959 is situated in the Hertzsprungā€“Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR2959. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR2959