Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky
Please donate now to help keep TheSkyLive ads-free. This site cannot run without your voluntary donations.
🌎  Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]


HR4972 is a bright giant star in the constellation of Centaurus.

HR4972 visual magnitude is 6.33. Because of its reltive faintness, HR4972 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 HR4972:

Bright giant
HR4972 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR4972

HR4972 is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of HR4972 are provided in the following table:

13h 11m 53s
-63° 18’ 10”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR4972 in the sky:

Finder chart HR4972 star
Simplified finder chart for HR4972.

Visibility of HR4972 from your location

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

HR4972 is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR4972

The image below is a photograph of HR4972 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 HR4972 is -0.006 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.003 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR4972 star
DSS2 image of HR4972. The red arrow shows the motion of HR4972 during the next 100000 years (-10.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 5.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR4972 from the Sun and relative movement

HR4972 is distant 32,600,000.00 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.

10,000,000.00 pc
32,600,000.00 ly
-3 km/s
-0.006 arcsec/year
0.003 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR4972

HR4972 belongs to spectral class A8 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR4972 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR4972. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR4972