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Altitude: -85.3°   Azimuth: 186.4°   Direction: South

HR487 is a double main-sequence star in the constellation of Eridanus.

HR487 visual magnitude is 5.76. Because of its reltive faintness, HR487 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 HR487:


HR487 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -85.3°
Azimuth: 186.4°
Direction: South

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR487

HR487 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 HR487 are provided in the following table:

01h 39m 47s
-56° 11’ 40”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR487 in the sky:

Finder chart HR487 star
Simplified finder chart for HR487.

Visibility of HR487 from your location

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

HR487 is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR487

The image below is a photograph of HR487 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 HR487 is 0.279 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.02 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR487 star
DSS2 image of HR487. The red arrow shows the motion of HR487 during the next 1000 years (4.65 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR487 from the Sun and relative movement

HR487 is distant 26.56 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 20 kilometers per second.

8.15 pc
26.56 ly
20 km/s
0.279 arcsec/year
0.02 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR487

HR487 belongs to spectral class K5 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR487 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR487. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

HR487 star system properties

HR487 is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the HR487 double sysyem:

10.8 arcsec

Alternative designations of HR487