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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:44  
clear_day Transit: 11:48  
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Altitude: 9.6°   Azimuth: 128.5°   Direction: South-East

HR796 is a giant star in the constellation of Cetus.

HR796 visual magnitude is 5.98. Because of its reltive faintness, HR796 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 HR796:


HR796 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 9.6°
Azimuth: 128.5°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR796

HR796 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 HR796 are provided in the following table:

02h 41m 34s
-14° 32’ 57”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR796 in the sky:

Finder chart HR796 star
Simplified finder chart for HR796.

Visibility of HR796 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 HR796 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: 104.5°
Max altitude: 24.0°
Azimuth: 255.5°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR796

The image below is a photograph of HR796 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 HR796 is -0.032 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.042 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR796 star
DSS2 image of HR796. The red arrow shows the motion of HR796 during the next 10000 years (-5.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 7.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR796 from the Sun and relative movement

HR796 is distant 160.67 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 2 kilometers per second.

49.29 pc
160.67 ly
2 km/s
-0.032 arcsec/year
0.042 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR796

HR796 belongs to spectral class F5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR796 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR796. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR796