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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:40  
clear_day Transit: 11:47  
SunsetSet: 15:53 south
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Altitude: -33.8°   Azimuth: 259.7°   Direction: West

HR8956 is a double giant star in the constellation of Sculptor.

HR8956 visual magnitude is 6.52. Because of its reltive faintness, HR8956 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 HR8956:


HR8956 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -33.8°
Azimuth: 259.7°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR8956

HR8956 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 HR8956 are provided in the following table:

23h 37m 05s
-31° 52’ 14”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR8956 in the sky:

Finder chart HR8956 star
Simplified finder chart for HR8956.

Visibility of HR8956 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 HR8956 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: 121.9°
Max altitude: 6.6°
Azimuth: 238.1°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR8956

The image below is a photograph of HR8956 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 HR8956 is 0.048 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.002 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR8956 star
DSS2 image of HR8956. The red arrow shows the motion of HR8956 during the next 10000 years (8.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR8956 from the Sun and relative movement

HR8956 is distant 727.68 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 23 kilometers per second.

223.21 pc
727.68 ly
-23 km/s
0.048 arcsec/year
0.002 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR8956

HR8956 belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR8956 is situated in the HertzsprungÔÇôRussell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR8956. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

HR8956 star system properties

HR8956 is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the HR8956 double sysyem:

5.2 arcsec

Alternative designations of HR8956