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HR8978 is a variable giant star in the constellation of Aquarius.

HR8978 visual magnitude is 6.6. Because of its reltive faintness, HR8978 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 HR8978:

HR8978 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 12°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR8978

HR8978 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 HR8978 are provided in the following table:

23h 41m 07s
-24° 09’ 37”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR8978 in the sky:

Finder chart HR8978 star
Simplified finder chart for HR8978.

Visibility of HR8978 from your location

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

Today's HR8978 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 114.2°
Max altitude: 14.4°
Azimuth: 245.8°
HR8978 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR8978

The image below is a photograph of HR8978 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 HR8978 is 0.006 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.01 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR8978 star
DSS2 image of HR8978. The red arrow shows the motion of HR8978 during the next 10000 years (1.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR8978 from the Sun and relative movement

HR8978 is distant 831.63 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 18 kilometers per second.

255.10 pc
831.63 ly
18 km/s
0.006 arcsec/year
-0.01 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR8978

HR8978 belongs to spectral class M1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR8978 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR8978. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR8978