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ψ3 Aurigae (psi3 Aurigae)

ψ3 Aurigae is a giant star in the constellation of Auriga.

ψ3 Aurigae visual magnitude is 5.2. Because of its reltive faintness, ψ3 Aurigae 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 ψ3 Aurigae:

ψ3 Aurigae (psi3 Aurigae) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 37°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ψ3 Aurigae

ψ3 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 ψ3 Aurigae are provided in the following table:

06h 38m 49s
+39° 54’ 09”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of ψ3 Aurigae in the sky:

Finder chart ψ3 Aurigae (psi3 Aurigae) star
Simplified finder chart for ψ3 Aurigae (psi3 Aurigae).

Visibility of ψ3 Aurigae from your location

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

ψ3 Aurigae (psi3 Aurigae) is circumpolar and transits at 18:26 UTC (altitude: 78.4°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of ψ3 Aurigae

The image below is a photograph of ψ3 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 ψ3 Aurigae is -0.009 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.012 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ψ3 Aurigae (psi3 Aurigae) star
DSS2 image of ψ3 Aurigae. The red arrow shows the motion of ψ3 Aurigae during the next 10000 years (-1.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ψ3 Aurigae from the Sun and relative movement

ψ3 Aurigae is distant 758.14 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 9 kilometers per second.

232.56 pc
758.14 ly
9 km/s
-0.009 arcsec/year
-0.012 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ψ3 Aurigae

ψ3 Aurigae 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 ψ3 Aurigae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of ψ3 Aurigae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of ψ3 Aurigae

ψ3 Aurigae
(psi3 Aurigae)