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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 4:46  
clear_day Transit: 12:56  
SunsetSet: 21:07 south
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HR5861 is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Serpens.

HR5861 visual magnitude is 6.33. Because of its reltive faintness, HR5861 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 HR5861:


HR5861 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -17.9°
Azimuth: 295.6°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR5861

HR5861 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 HR5861 are provided in the following table:

15h 45m 39s
+00° 53’ 29”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR5861 in the sky:

Finder chart HR5861 star
Simplified finder chart for HR5861.

Visibility of HR5861 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 HR5861 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: 89.1°
Max altitude: 39.4°
Azimuth: 270.9°
HR5861 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR5861

The image below is a photograph of HR5861 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 HR5861 is 0.043 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.008 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR5861 star
DSS2 image of HR5861. The red arrow shows the motion of HR5861 during the next 10000 years (7.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR5861 from the Sun and relative movement

HR5861 is distant 618.60 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.

189.75 pc
618.60 ly
14 km/s
0.043 arcsec/year
0.008 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR5861

HR5861 belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR5861 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR5861. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR5861