Adhafera - ζ Leonis (zeta Leonis)
Adhafera, also designated as ζ Leonis (zeta Leonis), is a variable and double hypergiant star in the constellation of Leo.
Adhafera visual magnitude is 3.44. Because of its moderate brightness, Adhafera 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 Adhafera:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Adhafera
Adhafera 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 Adhafera are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Adhafera in the sky:
Visibility of Adhafera from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Adhafera
The image below is a photograph of Adhafera 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 Adhafera is 0.018 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.007 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Adhafera from the Sun and relative movement
Adhafera is distant 259.55 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 16 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Adhafera
Adhafera belongs to spectral class F0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Adhafera is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Adhafera star system properties
Adhafera is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Adhafera double sysyem: