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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 6:54  
clear_day Transit: 12:49  
SunsetSet: 18:43 south
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Altitude: -37.8°   Azimuth: 277.2°   Direction: West

HR5973 is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Scorpius.

HR5973 visual magnitude is 6.21. Because of its reltive faintness, HR5973 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 HR5973:


HR5973 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -37.8°
Azimuth: 277.2°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR5973

HR5973 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 HR5973 are provided in the following table:

16h 03m 54s
-24° 43’ 35”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR5973 in the sky:

Finder chart HR5973 star
Simplified finder chart for HR5973.

Visibility of HR5973 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 HR5973 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: 114.7°
Max altitude: 13.8°
Azimuth: 245.3°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR5973

The image below is a photograph of HR5973 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 HR5973 is 0.001 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.009 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR5973 star
DSS2 image of HR5973. The red arrow shows the motion of HR5973 during the next 100000 years (1.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and 15.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR5973 from the Sun and relative movement

HR5973 is distant 597.07 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 26 kilometers per second.

183.15 pc
597.07 ly
26 km/s
0.001 arcsec/year
0.009 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR5973

HR5973 belongs to spectral class K0


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR5973 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR5973. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR5973