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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
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Altitude: 37.1°   Azimuth: 82.3°   Direction: East

HR6259 is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Hercules.

HR6259 visual magnitude is 6.13. Because of its reltive faintness, HR6259 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 HR6259:


HR6259 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 37.1°
Azimuth: 82.3°
Direction: East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR6259

HR6259 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 HR6259 are provided in the following table:

16h 50m 43s
+32° 33’ 12”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR6259 in the sky:

Finder chart HR6259 star
Simplified finder chart for HR6259.

Visibility of HR6259 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 HR6259 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: 57.4°
Max altitude: 71.1°
Azimuth: 302.6°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR6259

The image below is a photograph of HR6259 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 HR6259 is 0.019 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.046 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR6259 star
DSS2 image of HR6259. The red arrow shows the motion of HR6259 during the next 10000 years (3.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and 7.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR6259 from the Sun and relative movement

HR6259 is distant 314.67 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 30 kilometers per second.

96.53 pc
314.67 ly
-30 km/s
0.019 arcsec/year
0.046 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR6259

HR6259 belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR6259 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR6259. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR6259