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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:58 
Sunset: 21:15
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ρ Ursae Majoris (rho Ursae Majoris)

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Altitude: 57.4°   Azimuth: 37.7°   Direction: North-East

ρ Ursae Majoris is a variable giant star of spectral class M3 in the constellation of Ursa Major.

ρ Ursae Majoris visual magnitude is 4.76. Because of its moderate brightness, ρ Ursae Majoris is easily visible to the naked eye from locations with dark skies, while it might be barely visible, or not visible at all, from light-polluted skies.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ρ Ursae Majoris

Finder chart ρ Ursae Majoris (rho Ursae Majoris) star
Simplified finder chart for ρ Ursae Majoris (rho Ursae Majoris).

ρ Ursae Majoris is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of ρ Ursae Majoris are provided in the following table:

09h 02m 32s
+67° 37’ 46”
Ursa Major
Image of ρ Ursae Majoris (rho Ursae Majoris) star
DSS2 image of ρ Ursae Majoris. The red arrow shows the motion of ρ Ursae Majoris during the next 10000 years (-3.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 3.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ρ Ursae Majoris


and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Distance of ρ Ursae Majoris from the Sun and relative movement

ρ Ursae Majoris is distant 287.22 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.

88.11 pc
287.22 ly
5 km/s
-0.021 arcsec/year
0.019 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of ρ Ursae Majoris

ρ Ursae Majoris
(rho Ursae Majoris)
8 Ursae Majoris

Visibility of ρ Ursae Majoris from your location

ρ Ursae Majoris (rho Ursae Majoris) is circumpolar and transits at 15:28 UTC (altitude: 73.9°)