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ρ Persei (rho Persei)

Altitude: 55.7°   Azimuth: 93.1°   Direction: East

ρ Persei is a variable bright giant star in the constellation of Perseus.

ρ Persei visual magnitude is 3.39. Because of its moderate brightness, ρ Persei 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 Persei:

Bright giant

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

Altitude: 55.7°
Azimuth: 93.1°
Direction: East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ρ Persei

ρ Persei 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 ρ Persei are provided in the following table:

03h 05m 10s
+38° 50’ 25”

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

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

Visibility of ρ Persei from your location

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

ρ Persei (rho Persei) is circumpolar and transits at 02:38 UTC (altitude: 77.4°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of ρ Persei

The image below is a photograph of ρ Persei 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 Persei is 0.13 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.106 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ρ Persei (rho Persei) star
DSS2 image of ρ Persei. The red arrow shows the motion of ρ Persei during the next 1000 years (2.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.77 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ρ Persei from the Sun and relative movement

ρ Persei is distant 325.02 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 28 kilometers per second.

99.70 pc
325.02 ly
28 km/s
0.13 arcsec/year
-0.106 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ρ Persei

ρ Persei belongs to spectral class M4 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of ρ Persei

ρ Persei
(rho Persei)