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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 5:52  ☀️ Transit: 12:04  🌅 Sunset: 18:18

Skat - δ Aquarii (delta Aquarii)

Skat, also designated as δ Aquarii (delta Aquarii), is a variable main-sequence star in the constellation of Aquarius.

Skat visual magnitude is 3.27. Because of its moderate brightness, Skat 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 Skat:

Skat - δ Aquarii (delta Aquarii) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 2°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Skat

Skat 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 Skat are provided in the following table:

22h 54m 38s
-15° 49’ 14”

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

Finder chart Skat - δ Aquarii (delta Aquarii) star
Simplified finder chart for Skat - δ Aquarii (delta Aquarii).

Visibility of Skat from your location

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

Today's Skat - δ Aquarii (delta Aquarii) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 105.8°
Max altitude: 22.7°
Azimuth: 254.2°
Skat - δ Aquarii (delta Aquarii) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of Skat

The image below is a photograph of Skat 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 Skat is -0.04 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.025 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Skat - δ Aquarii (delta Aquarii) star
DSS2 image of Skat. The red arrow shows the motion of Skat during the next 10000 years (-6.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Skat from the Sun and relative movement

Skat is distant 159.49 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 18 kilometers per second.

48.92 pc
159.49 ly
18 km/s
-0.04 arcsec/year
-0.025 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Skat

Skat belongs to spectral class A3 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

Alternative designations of Skat

δ Aquarii
(delta Aquarii)