Praecipua - 46 Leonis Minoris
Praecipua, also designated as 46 Leonis Minoris , is a variable hypergiant star in the constellation of Leo Minor.
Praecipua visual magnitude is 3.83. Because of its moderate brightness, Praecipua 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 Praecipua:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Praecipua
Praecipua is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of Praecipua are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Praecipua in the sky:
Visibility of Praecipua from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Praecipua
The image below is a photograph of Praecipua 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 Praecipua is 0.087 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.278 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Praecipua from the Sun and relative movement
Praecipua is distant 97.60 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 16 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Praecipua
Praecipua belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Praecipua is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.