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HR4396 is a double giant star in the constellation of Centaurus.

HR4396 visual magnitude is 5. Because of its moderate brightness, HR4396 should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about HR4396:

HR4396 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR4396

HR4396 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 HR4396 are provided in the following table:

11h 23m 12s
-36° 09’ 52”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR4396 in the sky:

Finder chart HR4396 star
Simplified finder chart for HR4396.

Visibility of HR4396 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 HR4396 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: 126.2°
Max altitude: 2.4°
Azimuth: 233.8°
HR4396 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR4396

The image below is a photograph of HR4396 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 HR4396 is -0.02 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR4396 star
DSS2 image of HR4396. The red arrow shows the motion of HR4396 during the next 10000 years (-3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR4396 from the Sun and relative movement

HR4396 is distant 857.89 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.

263.16 pc
857.89 ly
-5 km/s
-0.02 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR4396

HR4396 belongs to spectral class K6 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR4396 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR4396. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

HR4396 star system properties

HR4396 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 HR4396 double sysyem:

31.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of HR4396