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λ Arietis (lambda Arietis)

Altitude: -1.7°   Azimuth: 312.8°   Direction: North-West

λ Arietis is a variable and multiple hypergiant star in the constellation of Aries.

λ Arietis visual magnitude is 4.79. Because of its moderate brightness, λ Arietis 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 λ Arietis:


λ Arietis (lambda Arietis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -1.7°
Azimuth: 312.8°
Direction: North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of λ Arietis

λ Arietis 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 λ Arietis are provided in the following table:

01h 57m 55s
+23° 35’ 45”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of λ Arietis in the sky:

Finder chart λ Arietis (lambda Arietis) star
Simplified finder chart for λ Arietis (lambda Arietis).

Visibility of λ Arietis from your location

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

Today's λ Arietis (lambda Arietis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 66.4°
Max altitude: 62.1°
Azimuth: 293.6°

Digitized Sky Survey image of λ Arietis

The image below is a photograph of λ Arietis 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 λ Arietis is -0.09 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.013 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of λ Arietis (lambda Arietis) star
DSS2 image of λ Arietis. The red arrow shows the motion of λ Arietis during the next 10000 years (-15.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of λ Arietis from the Sun and relative movement

λ Arietis is distant 133.12 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 1 kilometers per second.

40.83 pc
133.12 ly
-1 km/s
-0.09 arcsec/year
-0.013 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of λ Arietis

λ Arietis belongs to spectral class F0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


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

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

λ Arietis star system properties

λ Arietis is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the λ Arietis double sysyem:

37.4 arcsec

Alternative designations of λ Arietis

λ Arietis
(lambda Arietis)