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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:35  
clear_day Transit: 12:10  
SunsetSet: 17:45
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μ1 Cancri (mu1 Cancri)

Altitude: -15.2°   Azimuth: 10.7°   Direction: North

μ1 Cancri is a variable giant star in the constellation of Cancer.

μ1 Cancri visual magnitude is 5.99. Because of its reltive faintness, μ1 Cancri should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of μ1 Cancri is -0.008 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.005 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of μ1 Cancri (mu1 Cancri) star
DSS2 image of μ1 Cancri. The red arrow shows the motion of μ1 Cancri during the next 100000 years (-13.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -8.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about μ1 Cancri


μ1 Cancri (mu1 Cancri) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -15.2°
Azimuth: 10.7°
Direction: North

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of μ1 Cancri

μ1 Cancri 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 μ1 Cancri are provided in the following table:

08h 06m 18s
+22° 38’ 08”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of μ1 Cancri in the sky:

Finder chart μ1 Cancri (mu1 Cancri) star
Simplified finder chart for μ1 Cancri (mu1 Cancri).

Visibility of μ1 Cancri from your location

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

Today's μ1 Cancri (mu1 Cancri) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 67.4°
Max altitude: 61.2°
Azimuth: 292.6°

Distance of μ1 Cancri from the Sun and relative movement

μ1 Cancri is distant 625.72 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 26 kilometers per second.

191.94 pc
625.72 ly
26 km/s
-0.008 arcsec/year
-0.005 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of μ1 Cancri

μ1 Cancri belongs to spectral class M3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where μ1 Cancri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of μ1 Cancri. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of μ1 Cancri

μ1 Cancri
(mu1 Cancri)