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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 6:46  
clear_day Transit: 12:51  
SunsetSet: 18:55 south
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Altitude: 6.6°   Azimuth: 59.8°   Direction: East-North-East

HR6966 is a giant star in the constellation of Hercules.

HR6966 visual magnitude is 5.84. Because of its reltive faintness, HR6966 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 HR6966:


HR6966 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 6.6°
Azimuth: 59.8°
Direction: East-North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR6966

HR6966 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 HR6966 are provided in the following table:

18h 32m 46s
+23° 37’ 00”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR6966 in the sky:

Finder chart HR6966 star
Simplified finder chart for HR6966.

Visibility of HR6966 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 HR6966 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: 66.4°
Max altitude: 62.1°
Azimuth: 293.6°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR6966

The image below is a photograph of HR6966 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 HR6966 is 0.01 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.016 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR6966 star
DSS2 image of HR6966. The red arrow shows the motion of HR6966 during the next 10000 years (1.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR6966 from the Sun and relative movement

HR6966 is distant 793.19 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.

243.31 pc
793.19 ly
-4 km/s
0.01 arcsec/year
0.016 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR6966

HR6966 belongs to spectral class K5


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR6966 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR6966. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR6966