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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Vega - α Lyrae (alpha Lyrae)

Vega, also designated as α Lyrae (alpha Lyrae), is a variable and multiple hypergiant star in the constellation of Lyra.

Vega visual magnitude is 0.03, making it the 5th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Vega is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

The table below summarizes the key facts about Vega:

Vega - α Lyrae (alpha Lyrae) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 9°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Vega

Vega 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 Vega are provided in the following table:

18h 36m 56s
+38° 47’ 00”

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

Finder chart Vega - α Lyrae (alpha Lyrae) star
Simplified finder chart for Vega - α Lyrae (alpha Lyrae).

Visibility of Vega from your location

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

Vega - α Lyrae (alpha Lyrae) is circumpolar and transits at 09:20 UTC (altitude: 77.3°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of Vega

The image below is a photograph of Vega 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 Vega is 0.202 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.286 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Vega - α Lyrae (alpha Lyrae) star
DSS2 image of Vega. The red arrow shows the motion of Vega during the next 1000 years (3.37 arcmin in Right Ascension and 4.77 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Vega from the Sun and relative movement

Vega is distant 25.29 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.

7.76 pc
25.29 ly
-14 km/s
0.202 arcsec/year
0.286 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Vega

Vega belongs to spectral class A0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


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

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

Vega star system properties

Vega is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Vega double sysyem:

62.8 arcsec

Alternative designations of Vega

α Lyrae
(alpha Lyrae)