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clear_day Transit: 11:47  
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Altitude: -26.2°   Azimuth: 294.4°   Direction: West-North-West

HR6179 is a variable hypergiant star in the constellation of Ophiuchus.

HR6179 visual magnitude is 6.09. Because of its reltive faintness, HR6179 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 HR6179:


HR6179 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -26.2°
Azimuth: 294.4°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR6179

HR6179 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 HR6179 are provided in the following table:

16h 38m 01s
-06° 32’ 17”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR6179 in the sky:

Finder chart HR6179 star
Simplified finder chart for HR6179.

Visibility of HR6179 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 HR6179 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: 96.5°
Max altitude: 32.0°
Azimuth: 263.5°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR6179

The image below is a photograph of HR6179 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 HR6179 is -0.007 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.008 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR6179 star
DSS2 image of HR6179. The red arrow shows the motion of HR6179 during the next 100000 years (-11.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -13.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR6179 from the Sun and relative movement

HR6179 is distant 411.62 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 22 kilometers per second.

126.26 pc
411.62 ly
-22 km/s
-0.007 arcsec/year
-0.008 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR6179

HR6179 belongs to spectral class A0 HR6179 is also a CrEu chemically peculiar star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR6179 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR6179. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR6179