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Sheliak - β Lyrae (beta Lyrae)

Altitude: 59.8°   Azimuth: 113.7°   Direction: East-South-East

Sheliak, also designated as β Lyrae (beta Lyrae), is a variable and multiple bright giant star in the constellation of Lyra.

Sheliak visual magnitude is 3.45. Because of its moderate brightness, Sheliak should be easily visible from locations with dark skies, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of Sheliak is 0.003 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.003 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Sheliak - β Lyrae (beta Lyrae) star
DSS2 image of Sheliak. The red arrow shows the motion of Sheliak during the next 100000 years (5.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -5.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Sheliak

Bright giant

Sheliak - β Lyrae (beta Lyrae) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 59.8°
Azimuth: 113.7°
Direction: East-South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Sheliak

Sheliak 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 Sheliak are provided in the following table:

18h 50m 04s
+33° 21’ 46”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of Sheliak in the sky:

Finder chart Sheliak - β Lyrae (beta Lyrae) star
Simplified finder chart for Sheliak - β Lyrae (beta Lyrae).

Visibility of Sheliak 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 Sheliak - β Lyrae (beta Lyrae) 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: 56.6°
Max altitude: 71.9°
Azimuth: 303.4°

Distance of Sheliak from the Sun and relative movement

Sheliak is distant 881.08 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 19 kilometers per second.

270.27 pc
881.08 ly
-19 km/s
0.003 arcsec/year
-0.003 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Sheliak

Sheliak belongs to spectral class B8 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


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

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

Sheliak star system properties

Sheliak is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Sheliak double sysyem:

45.7 arcsec

Alternative designations of Sheliak

β Lyrae
(beta Lyrae)