Arneb - α Leporis (alpha Leporis)
Arneb, also designated as α Leporis (alpha Leporis), is a variable and multiple hypergiant star in the constellation of Lepus.
Arneb visual magnitude is 2.58, making it the 97th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Arneb 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 Arneb:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Arneb
Arneb 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 Arneb are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Arneb in the sky:
Visibility of Arneb from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Arneb
The image below is a photograph of Arneb 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 Arneb is 0.001 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.002 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Arneb from the Sun and relative movement
Arneb is distant 1,283.46 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 24 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Arneb
Arneb belongs to spectral class F0 and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a hypergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Arneb is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Arneb star system properties
Arneb 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 Arneb double sysyem: