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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

κ Lyrae (kappa Lyrae)

κ Lyrae is a variable giant star in the constellation of Lyra.

κ Lyrae visual magnitude is 4.33. Because of its moderate brightness, κ Lyrae should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about κ Lyrae:

κ Lyrae (kappa Lyrae) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 43°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ Lyrae

κ Lyrae is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of κ Lyrae are provided in the following table:

18h 19m 51s
+36° 03’ 51”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of κ Lyrae in the sky:

Finder chart κ Lyrae (kappa Lyrae) star
Simplified finder chart for κ Lyrae (kappa Lyrae).

Visibility of κ Lyrae from your location

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

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

Azimuth: 53.9°
Max altitude: 74.6°
Azimuth: 306.1°
κ Lyrae (kappa Lyrae) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of κ Lyrae

The image below is a photograph of κ Lyrae 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 κ Lyrae is -0.015 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.043 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of κ Lyrae (kappa Lyrae) star
DSS2 image of κ Lyrae. The red arrow shows the motion of κ Lyrae during the next 10000 years (-2.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 7.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of κ Lyrae from the Sun and relative movement

κ Lyrae is distant 237.78 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 22 kilometers per second.

72.94 pc
237.78 ly
-22 km/s
-0.015 arcsec/year
0.043 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of κ Lyrae

κ Lyrae belongs to spectral class K2 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of κ Lyrae

κ Lyrae
(kappa Lyrae)