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Altitude: 35.4°   Azimuth: 198.6°   Direction: South-South-West

HR3278 is a double main-sequence star in the constellation of Hydra.

HR3278 visual magnitude is 6.5. Because of its reltive faintness, HR3278 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 HR3278:


HR3278 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 35.4°
Azimuth: 198.6°
Direction: South-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR3278

HR3278 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 HR3278 are provided in the following table:

08h 21m 20s
-01° 36’ 07”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR3278 in the sky:

Finder chart HR3278 star
Simplified finder chart for HR3278.

Visibility of HR3278 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 HR3278 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: 91.6°
Max altitude: 36.9°
Azimuth: 268.4°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR3278

The image below is a photograph of HR3278 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 HR3278 is -0.017 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.041 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR3278 star
DSS2 image of HR3278. The red arrow shows the motion of HR3278 during the next 10000 years (-2.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -6.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR3278 from the Sun and relative movement

HR3278 is distant 481.54 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 29 kilometers per second.

147.71 pc
481.54 ly
29 km/s
-0.017 arcsec/year
-0.041 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR3278

HR3278 belongs to spectral class A2 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR3278 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR3278. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

HR3278 star system properties

HR3278 is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the HR3278 double sysyem:

0.5 arcsec

Alternative designations of HR3278