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HR6238 is a giant star in the constellation of Ursa Minor.

HR6238 visual magnitude is 6.32. Because of its reltive faintness, HR6238 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 HR6238:

HR6238 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 63°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR6238

HR6238 is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of HR6238 are provided in the following table:

16h 37m 52s
+78° 55’ 05”
Ursa Minor

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR6238 in the sky:

Finder chart HR6238 star
Simplified finder chart for HR6238.

Visibility of HR6238 from your location

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

HR6238 is circumpolar and transits at 23:49 UTC (altitude: 62.6°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR6238

The image below is a photograph of HR6238 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 HR6238 is -0.02 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.038 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR6238 star
DSS2 image of HR6238. The red arrow shows the motion of HR6238 during the next 10000 years (-3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 6.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR6238 from the Sun and relative movement

HR6238 is distant 414.23 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 20 kilometers per second.

127.06 pc
414.23 ly
-20 km/s
-0.02 arcsec/year
0.038 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR6238

HR6238 belongs to spectral class G9 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR6238 is situated in the Hertzsprungā€“Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR6238. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR6238

Gl 635.1