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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 4:44  
clear_day Transit: 12:57  
SunsetSet: 21:11 south
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Altitude: 1.1°   Azimuth: 44.0°   Direction: North-East

HR4956 is a giant star in the constellation of Coma Berenices.

HR4956 visual magnitude is 6.19. Because of its reltive faintness, HR4956 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 HR4956:


HR4956 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 1.1°
Azimuth: 44.0°
Direction: North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR4956

HR4956 is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of HR4956 are provided in the following table:

13h 07m 53s
+27° 33’ 20”
Coma Berenices

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR4956 in the sky:

Finder chart HR4956 star
Simplified finder chart for HR4956.

Visibility of HR4956 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 HR4956 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: 62.4°
Max altitude: 66.1°
Azimuth: 297.6°
HR4956 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR4956

The image below is a photograph of HR4956 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 HR4956 is -0.041 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.064 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR4956 star
DSS2 image of HR4956. The red arrow shows the motion of HR4956 during the next 10000 years (-6.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -10.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR4956 from the Sun and relative movement

HR4956 is distant 389.02 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 9 kilometers per second.

119.33 pc
389.02 ly
-9 km/s
-0.041 arcsec/year
-0.064 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR4956

HR4956 belongs to spectral class K4 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR4956 is situated in the Hertzsprungā€“Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR4956. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR4956