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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:51  
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SunsetSet: 15:49 south
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Altitude: -69.9°   Azimuth: 98.0°   Direction: East

HR868 is a variable giant star in the constellation of Horologium.

HR868 visual magnitude is 4. Because of its moderate brightness, HR868 should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about HR868:


HR868 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -69.9°
Azimuth: 98.0°
Direction: East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR868

HR868 is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of HR868 are provided in the following table:

02h 53m 52s
-49° 53’ 25”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR868 in the sky:

Finder chart HR868 star
Simplified finder chart for HR868.

Visibility of HR868 from your location

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

HR868 is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR868

The image below is a photograph of HR868 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 HR868 is 0.135 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.014 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR868 star
DSS2 image of HR868. The red arrow shows the motion of HR868 during the next 1000 years (2.25 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.23 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR868 from the Sun and relative movement

HR868 is distant 1,003.08 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 60 kilometers per second.

307.69 pc
1,003.08 ly
60 km/s
0.135 arcsec/year
0.014 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR868

HR868 belongs to spectral class M7 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR868 is situated in the Hertzsprungā€“Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR868. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR868