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ψ Cancri (psi Cancri)

Altitude: -11.2°   Azimuth: 342.4°   Direction: North-North-West

ψ Cancri is a multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Cancer.

ψ Cancri visual magnitude is 5.73. Because of its reltive faintness, ψ Cancri should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about ψ Cancri:


ψ Cancri (psi Cancri) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -11.2°
Azimuth: 342.4°
Direction: North-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ψ Cancri

ψ Cancri 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 ψ Cancri are provided in the following table:

08h 10m 27s
+25° 30’ 25”

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

Finder chart ψ Cancri (psi Cancri) star
Simplified finder chart for ψ Cancri (psi Cancri).

Visibility of ψ 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 ψ Cancri (psi 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: 64.5°
Max altitude: 64.0°
Azimuth: 295.5°
ψ Cancri (psi Cancri) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of ψ Cancri

The image below is a photograph of ψ Cancri 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 ψ Cancri is -0.075 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.348 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ψ Cancri (psi Cancri) star
DSS2 image of ψ Cancri. The red arrow shows the motion of ψ Cancri during the next 1000 years (-1.25 arcmin in Right Ascension and -5.80 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ψ Cancri from the Sun and relative movement

ψ Cancri is distant 136.86 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 43 kilometers per second.

41.98 pc
136.86 ly
-43 km/s
-0.075 arcsec/year
-0.348 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ψ Cancri

ψ Cancri belongs to spectral class G7 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

ψ Cancri star system properties

ψ Cancri is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the ψ Cancri double sysyem:

112.1 arcsec

Alternative designations of ψ Cancri

ψ Cancri
(psi Cancri)