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Altitude: -3.6°   Azimuth: 87.4°   Direction: East

HR6659 is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Ophiuchus.

HR6659 visual magnitude is 6.35. Because of its reltive faintness, HR6659 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 HR6659:


HR6659 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -3.6°
Azimuth: 87.4°
Direction: East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR6659

HR6659 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 HR6659 are provided in the following table:

17h 51m 59s
-01° 14’ 12”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR6659 in the sky:

Finder chart HR6659 star
Simplified finder chart for HR6659.

Visibility of HR6659 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 HR6659 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: 91.2°
Max altitude: 37.3°
Azimuth: 268.8°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR6659

The image below is a photograph of HR6659 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 HR6659 is -0.002 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.003 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR6659 star
DSS2 image of HR6659. The red arrow shows the motion of HR6659 during the next 100000 years (-3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 5.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR6659 from the Sun and relative movement

HR6659 is distant 444.75 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 44 kilometers per second.

136.43 pc
444.75 ly
-44 km/s
-0.002 arcsec/year
0.003 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR6659

HR6659 belongs to spectral class K0


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR6659 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR6659. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR6659