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ψ5 Aurigae (psi5 Aurigae)

ψ5 Aurigae is a double hypergiant star in the constellation of Auriga.

ψ5 Aurigae visual magnitude is 5.25. Because of its reltive faintness, ψ5 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 ψ5 Aurigae:

5.25
Hypergiant
ψ5 Aurigae (psi5 Aurigae) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 82°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ψ5 Aurigae

ψ5 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 ψ5 Aurigae are provided in the following table:

06h 46m 44s
+43° 34’ 39”
172.36°
17.52°
Auriga

The simplified sky map below shows the position of ψ5 Aurigae in the sky:

Finder chart ψ5 Aurigae (psi5 Aurigae) star
Simplified finder chart for ψ5 Aurigae (psi5 Aurigae).

Visibility of ψ5 Aurigae from your location

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

ψ5 Aurigae (psi5 Aurigae) is circumpolar and transits at 05:43 UTC (altitude: 82.1°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of ψ5 Aurigae

The image below is a photograph of ψ5 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 ψ5 Aurigae is -0.002 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.165 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ψ5 Aurigae (psi5 Aurigae) star
DSS2 image of ψ5 Aurigae. The red arrow shows the motion of ψ5 Aurigae during the next 1000 years (-0.03 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.75 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ψ5 Aurigae from the Sun and relative movement

ψ5 Aurigae is distant 53.83 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 24 kilometers per second.

16.51 pc
53.83 ly
-24 km/s
-0.002 arcsec/year
0.165 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ψ5 Aurigae

ψ5 Aurigae belongs to spectral class G0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.

4.16
G0V
6129K

The red dot in the diagram below shows where ψ5 Aurigae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of ψ5 Aurigae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

ψ5 Aurigae star system properties

ψ5 Aurigae is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the ψ5 Aurigae double sysyem:

5.25
8.65
3.4
36.2 arcsec

Alternative designations of ψ5 Aurigae

ψ5 Aurigae
(psi5 Aurigae)
SAO41330
SAO41330