is a Mira-type variable star
in the constellation Hydra
The magnitude of R Hydrae varies over a period of 389 days, between 3.21 and 11.00. The period of R Hydrae changes slowly.
At maximum brightness the star can be seen with the naked eye, while at minimum a telescope of at least 5 cm is needed.
R Hydrae is approximately 2000 light years from Earth and is of spectral class M7.
Coordinates for epoch J2000