Denebola - β Leonis (beta Leonis)
Denebola, also designated as β Leonis (beta Leonis), is a variable and multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Leo.
Denebola visual magnitude is 2.14, making it the 62th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Denebola 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 Denebola:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Denebola
Denebola 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 Denebola are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Denebola in the sky:
Visibility of Denebola from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Denebola
The image below is a photograph of Denebola 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 Denebola is -0.497 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.114 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Denebola from the Sun and relative movement
Denebola is distant 36.16 light years from the Sun
Spectral properties of Denebola
Denebola belongs to spectral class A3 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Denebola is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Denebola star system properties
Denebola 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 Denebola double sysyem: