Meleph - ε Cancri (epsilon Cancri)
Meleph, also designated as ε Cancri (epsilon Cancri), is a double main-sequence star in the constellation of Cancer.
Meleph visual magnitude is 6.3. Because of its reltive faintness, Meleph 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 Meleph:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Meleph
Meleph 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 Meleph are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Meleph in the sky:
Visibility of Meleph from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Meleph
The image below is a photograph of Meleph 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 Meleph is -0.039 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.006 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Meleph from the Sun and relative movement
Meleph is distant 547.90 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 30 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Meleph
Meleph belongs to spectral class A8 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Meleph is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Meleph star system properties
Meleph is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Meleph double sysyem: