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Altitude: 41.6°   Azimuth: 10.6°   Direction: North

HR961 is a variable and multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Cepheus.

HR961 visual magnitude is 5.45. Because of its reltive faintness, HR961 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 HR961:


HR961 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 41.6°
Azimuth: 10.6°
Direction: North

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR961

HR961 is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of HR961 are provided in the following table:

03h 20m 19s
+77° 44’ 04”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR961 in the sky:

Finder chart HR961 star
Simplified finder chart for HR961.

Visibility of HR961 from your location

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

HR961 is circumpolar and transits at 22:22 UTC (altitude: 63.7°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR961

The image below is a photograph of HR961 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 HR961 is 0.059 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.061 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR961 star
DSS2 image of HR961. The red arrow shows the motion of HR961 during the next 10000 years (9.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -10.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR961 from the Sun and relative movement

HR961 is distant 263.75 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.

80.91 pc
263.75 ly
4 km/s
0.059 arcsec/year
-0.061 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR961

HR961 belongs to spectral class A6 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR961 is situated in the HertzsprungÔÇôRussell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR961. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

HR961 star system properties

HR961 is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the HR961 double sysyem:

1.2 arcsec

Alternative designations of HR961