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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:48  
clear_day Transit: 11:49  
SunsetSet: 15:50 south
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Altitude: 49.7°   Azimuth: 275.9°   Direction: West

HR5950 is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Hercules.

HR5950 visual magnitude is 6.31. Because of its reltive faintness, HR5950 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 HR5950:


HR5950 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 49.7°
Azimuth: 275.9°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR5950

HR5950 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 HR5950 are provided in the following table:

15h 57m 29s
+39° 41’ 43”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR5950 in the sky:

Finder chart HR5950 star
Simplified finder chart for HR5950.

Visibility of HR5950 from your location

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

HR5950 is circumpolar and transits at 10:57 UTC (altitude: 78.2°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR5950

The image below is a photograph of HR5950 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 HR5950 is -0.063 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.06 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR5950 star
DSS2 image of HR5950. The red arrow shows the motion of HR5950 during the next 10000 years (-10.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 10.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR5950 from the Sun and relative movement

HR5950 is distant 396.11 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.

121.51 pc
396.11 ly
-14 km/s
-0.063 arcsec/year
0.06 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR5950

HR5950 belongs to spectral class K0


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR5950 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR5950. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR5950