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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 6:44  
clear_day Transit: 12:51  
SunsetSet: 18:57 south
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Altitude: -8.7°   Azimuth: 131.8°   Direction: South-East

HR5956 is a giant star in the constellation of Lupus.

HR5956 visual magnitude is 6.33. Because of its reltive faintness, HR5956 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 HR5956:


HR5956 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -8.7°
Azimuth: 131.8°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR5956

HR5956 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 HR5956 are provided in the following table:

16h 01m 19s
-31° 53’ 21”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR5956 in the sky:

Finder chart HR5956 star
Simplified finder chart for HR5956.

Visibility of HR5956 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 HR5956 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: 121.9°
Max altitude: 6.6°
Azimuth: 238.1°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR5956

The image below is a photograph of HR5956 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 HR5956 is 0.01 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.004 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR5956 star
DSS2 image of HR5956. The red arrow shows the motion of HR5956 during the next 10000 years (1.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -0.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR5956 from the Sun and relative movement

HR5956 is distant 549.75 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 1 kilometers per second.

168.63 pc
549.75 ly
1 km/s
0.01 arcsec/year
-0.004 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR5956

HR5956 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 HR5956 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR5956. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR5956