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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:58 
Sunset: 21:15
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θ Ursae Minoris (theta Ursae Minoris)

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Altitude: 38.8°   Azimuth: 0.6°   Direction: North

θ Ursae Minoris is a giant star of spectral class K5 in the constellation of Ursa Minor.

θ Ursae Minoris visual magnitude is 4.96. Because of its moderate brightness, θ Ursae Minoris 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 θ Ursae Minoris

Finder chart θ Ursae Minoris (theta Ursae Minoris) star
Simplified finder chart for θ Ursae Minoris (theta Ursae Minoris).

θ Ursae Minoris 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 θ Ursae Minoris are provided in the following table:

15h 31m 24s
+77° 20’ 57”
112.85°
36.46°
Ursa Minor
Image of θ Ursae Minoris (theta Ursae Minoris) star
DSS2 image of θ Ursae Minoris. The red arrow shows the motion of θ Ursae Minoris during the next 10000 years (-8.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.67 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about θ Ursae Minoris

4.96
Giant

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

-2.07
K5III
3677K

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

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

Distance of θ Ursae Minoris from the Sun and relative movement

θ Ursae Minoris is distant 831.63 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 25 kilometers per second.

255.10 pc
831.63 ly
-25 km/s
-0.049 arcsec/year
0.01 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of θ Ursae Minoris

θ Ursae Minoris
(theta Ursae Minoris)
15 Ursae Minoris
SAO8274
SAO8274

Visibility of θ Ursae Minoris from your location

θ Ursae Minoris (theta Ursae Minoris) is circumpolar and transits at 22:00 UTC (altitude: 64.1°)