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clear_day Transit: 12:10  
SunsetSet: 17:41
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φ Sagittarii (phi Sagittarii)

Altitude: -65.1°   Azimuth: 13.2°   Direction: North-North-East

φ Sagittarii is a giant star in the constellation of Sagittarius.

φ Sagittarii visual magnitude is 3.17. Because of its moderate brightness, φ Sagittarii should be easily visible from locations with dark skies, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of φ Sagittarii is 0.053 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of φ Sagittarii (phi Sagittarii) star
DSS2 image of φ Sagittarii. The red arrow shows the motion of φ Sagittarii during the next 10000 years (8.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about φ Sagittarii


φ Sagittarii (phi Sagittarii) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -65.1°
Azimuth: 13.2°
Direction: North-North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of φ Sagittarii

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

18h 45m 39s
-26° 59’ 26”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of φ Sagittarii in the sky:

Finder chart φ Sagittarii (phi Sagittarii) star
Simplified finder chart for φ Sagittarii (phi Sagittarii).

Visibility of φ Sagittarii 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 φ Sagittarii (phi Sagittarii) 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: 117.0°
Max altitude: 11.5°
Azimuth: 243.0°

Distance of φ Sagittarii from the Sun and relative movement

φ Sagittarii is distant 230.55 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 22 kilometers per second.

70.72 pc
230.55 ly
22 km/s
0.053 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of φ Sagittarii

φ Sagittarii belongs to spectral class B8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of φ Sagittarii

φ Sagittarii
(phi Sagittarii)
27 Sagittarii