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λ Orionis (lambda Orionis)

λ Orionis is a variable and multiple hypergiant star in the constellation of Orion.

λ Orionis visual magnitude is 5.61. Because of its reltive faintness, λ Orionis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about λ Orionis:

5.61
Hypergiant
λ Orionis (lambda Orionis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of λ Orionis

λ Orionis 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 Orionis are provided in the following table:

05h 35m 08s
+09° 56’ 06”
195.05°
-12°
Orion

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

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

Visibility of λ Orionis from your location

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

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

Azimuth: 80.1°
Max altitude: 48.5°
Azimuth: 279.9°
λ Orionis (lambda Orionis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of λ Orionis

The image below is a photograph of λ Orionis 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 Orionis is 0.001 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.006 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of λ Orionis (lambda Orionis) star
DSS2 image of λ Orionis. The red arrow shows the motion of λ Orionis during the next 100000 years (1.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -10.00 arcmin in declination);

Spectral properties of λ Orionis

λ Orionis belongs to spectral class B0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.

B0V
9652K

λ Orionis star system properties

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

5.61
7.61
2
4.4 arcsec

Alternative designations of λ Orionis

λ Orionis
(lambda Orionis)