Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky
By donating now you help keep this site alive and free from ads. Please consider supporting this project.
🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 5:59  ☀️ Transit: 12:05  🌅 Sunset: 18:13

Minchir - σ Hydrae (sigma Hydrae)

Minchir, also designated as σ Hydrae (sigma Hydrae), is a giant star in the constellation of Hydra.

Minchir visual magnitude is 4.44. Because of its moderate brightness, Minchir 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 Minchir:

Minchir - σ Hydrae (sigma Hydrae) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 33°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Minchir

Minchir 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 Minchir are provided in the following table:

08h 38m 45s
+03° 20’ 29”

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

Finder chart Minchir - σ Hydrae (sigma Hydrae) star
Simplified finder chart for Minchir - σ Hydrae (sigma Hydrae).

Visibility of Minchir from your location

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

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

Azimuth: 86.7°
Max altitude: 41.9°
Azimuth: 273.3°
Minchir - σ Hydrae (sigma Hydrae) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of Minchir

The image below is a photograph of Minchir 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 Minchir is -0.018 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.018 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Minchir - σ Hydrae (sigma Hydrae) star
DSS2 image of Minchir. The red arrow shows the motion of Minchir during the next 10000 years (-3.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Minchir from the Sun and relative movement

Minchir is distant 352.43 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 25 kilometers per second.

108.11 pc
352.43 ly
25 km/s
-0.018 arcsec/year
-0.018 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Minchir

Minchir belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of Minchir

σ Hydrae
(sigma Hydrae)