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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 5:01 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:06
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π Aurigae (pi Aurigae)

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Alt: 57.28°   Az: 79.68°   Direction: East

π Aurigae is a variable bright giant star of spectral class M3 in the constellation of Auriga.

π Aurigae visual magnitude is 4.26. Because of its moderate brightness, π Aurigae is easily visible to the naked eye from locations with dark skies, while it might be barely visible, or not visible at all, from light-polluted skies.

π Aurigae is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.

Image of π Aurigae (pi Aurigae) star
DSS2 image of π Aurigae. The red arrow shows the motion of π Aurigae during the next 100000 years (0.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -8.33 arcmin in declination);

Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

06h 01m 45s
+45° 56’ 11”
20h 40m 30s
02h 42m 15s

J2000

05h 59m 56s
+45° 56’ 12”

Galactic Coordinates

166.6°
10.94°

Finder Chart

Finder chart π Aurigae (pi Aurigae) star
Simplified finder chart for π Aurigae (pi Aurigae).

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class

4.26
Bright giant

-2.80
M3II
3490K

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

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

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

π Aurigae is distant 840.21 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 1 kilometers per second.

257.73 pc
840.21 ly
1 km/s
-0.005 "/y

Alternative Designations

π Aurigae
(pi Aurigae)
SAO40756
SAO40756

Visibility from Your Location

π Aurigae (pi Aurigae) is circumpolar and transits at 10:22 UTC (altitude: 84.5°)