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ρ Aquilae (rho Aquilae)

Altitude: 8.8°   Azimuth: 283.4°   Direction: West-North-West

ρ Aquilae is a main-sequence star in the constellation of Aquila.

ρ Aquilae visual magnitude is 4.95. Because of its moderate brightness, ρ Aquilae 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 ρ Aquilae:


ρ Aquilae (rho Aquilae) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 8.8°
Azimuth: 283.4°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ρ Aquilae

ρ Aquilae is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of ρ Aquilae are provided in the following table:

20h 14m 16s
+15° 11’ 50”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of ρ Aquilae in the sky:

Finder chart ρ Aquilae (rho Aquilae) star
Simplified finder chart for ρ Aquilae (rho Aquilae).

Visibility of ρ Aquilae 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 ρ Aquilae (rho Aquilae) 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: 74.8°
Max altitude: 53.7°
Azimuth: 285.2°

Digitized Sky Survey image of ρ Aquilae

The image below is a photograph of ρ Aquilae 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 ρ Aquilae is 0.057 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.057 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ρ Aquilae (rho Aquilae) star
DSS2 image of ρ Aquilae. The red arrow shows the motion of ρ Aquilae during the next 10000 years (9.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 9.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ρ Aquilae from the Sun and relative movement

ρ Aquilae is distant 153.48 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 23 kilometers per second.

47.08 pc
153.48 ly
-23 km/s
0.057 arcsec/year
0.057 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ρ Aquilae

ρ Aquilae belongs to spectral class A2 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where ρ Aquilae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

Alternative designations of ρ Aquilae

ρ Aquilae
(rho Aquilae)