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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:47  
clear_day Transit: 11:49  
SunsetSet: 15:50 south
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Altitude: 68.1°   Azimuth: 99.5°   Direction: East

HR6256 is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Hercules.

HR6256 visual magnitude is 6.13. Because of its reltive faintness, HR6256 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 HR6256:


HR6256 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 68.1°
Azimuth: 99.5°
Direction: East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR6256

HR6256 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 HR6256 are provided in the following table:

16h 49m 40s
+43° 25’ 50”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR6256 in the sky:

Finder chart HR6256 star
Simplified finder chart for HR6256.

Visibility of HR6256 from your location

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

HR6256 is circumpolar and transits at 11:53 UTC (altitude: 82.0°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR6256

The image below is a photograph of HR6256 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 HR6256 is -0.017 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.007 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR6256 star
DSS2 image of HR6256. The red arrow shows the motion of HR6256 during the next 10000 years (-2.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR6256 from the Sun and relative movement

HR6256 is distant 605.95 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 20 kilometers per second.

185.87 pc
605.95 ly
-20 km/s
-0.017 arcsec/year
-0.007 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR6256

HR6256 belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR6256 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR6256. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR6256