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ψ1 Aurigae (psi1 Aurigae)

Altitude: 14.2°   Azimuth: 339.5°   Direction: North-North-West

ψ1 Aurigae is a variable supergiant star in the constellation of Auriga.

ψ1 Aurigae visual magnitude is 4.91. Because of its moderate brightness, ψ1 Aurigae 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 ψ1 Aurigae:


ψ1 Aurigae (psi1 Aurigae) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 14.2°
Azimuth: 339.5°
Direction: North-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ψ1 Aurigae

ψ1 Aurigae 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 ψ1 Aurigae are provided in the following table:

06h 24m 53s
+49° 17’ 17”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of ψ1 Aurigae in the sky:

Finder chart ψ1 Aurigae (psi1 Aurigae) star
Simplified finder chart for ψ1 Aurigae (psi1 Aurigae).

Visibility of ψ1 Aurigae from your location

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

ψ1 Aurigae (psi1 Aurigae) is circumpolar and transits at 01:22 UTC (altitude: 87.8°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of ψ1 Aurigae

The image below is a photograph of ψ1 Aurigae 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 ψ1 Aurigae is -0.002 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.001 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ψ1 Aurigae (psi1 Aurigae) star
DSS2 image of ψ1 Aurigae. The red arrow shows the motion of ψ1 Aurigae during the next 100000 years (-3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ψ1 Aurigae from the Sun and relative movement

ψ1 Aurigae is distant 3,835.29 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.

1,176.47 pc
3,835.29 ly
5 km/s
-0.002 arcsec/year
-0.001 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ψ1 Aurigae

ψ1 Aurigae belongs to spectral class K5 and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a supergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where ψ1 Aurigae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of ψ1 Aurigae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of ψ1 Aurigae

ψ1 Aurigae
(psi1 Aurigae)