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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]


HR974 is a variable bright giant star in the constellation of Fornax.

HR974 visual magnitude is 6.16. Because of its reltive faintness, HR974 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 HR974:

Bright giant
HR974 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 4°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR974

HR974 is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of HR974 are provided in the following table:

03h 13m 37s
-29° 48’ 15”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR974 in the sky:

Finder chart HR974 star
Simplified finder chart for HR974.

Visibility of HR974 from your location

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

Today's HR974 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 119.8°
Max altitude: 8.7°
Azimuth: 240.2°
HR974 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR974

The image below is a photograph of HR974 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 HR974 is 0.027 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 HR974 star
DSS2 image of HR974. The red arrow shows the motion of HR974 during the next 10000 years (4.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and -0.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR974 from the Sun and relative movement

HR974 is distant 452.15 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 23 kilometers per second.

138.70 pc
452.15 ly
23 km/s
0.027 arcsec/year
-0.002 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR974

HR974 belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR974 is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR974. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of HR974