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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:41  
clear_day Transit: 11:47  
SunsetSet: 15:53 south
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Altitude: -29.2°   Azimuth: 289.2°   Direction: West-North-West

HR8979 is a giant star in the constellation of Aquarius.

HR8979 visual magnitude is 5.89. Because of its reltive faintness, HR8979 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 HR8979:


HR8979 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -29.2°
Azimuth: 289.2°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR8979

HR8979 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 HR8979 are provided in the following table:

23h 41m 08s
-11° 40’ 50”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR8979 in the sky:

Finder chart HR8979 star
Simplified finder chart for HR8979.

Visibility of HR8979 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 HR8979 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: 101.7°
Max altitude: 26.8°
Azimuth: 258.3°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR8979

The image below is a photograph of HR8979 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 HR8979 is 0.07 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.009 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR8979 star
DSS2 image of HR8979. The red arrow shows the motion of HR8979 during the next 10000 years (11.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR8979 from the Sun and relative movement

HR8979 is distant 379.07 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 11 kilometers per second.

116.28 pc
379.07 ly
-11 km/s
0.07 arcsec/year
0.009 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR8979

HR8979 belongs to spectral class G9 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR8979 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR8979. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR8979