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λ1 Fornacis (lambda1 Fornacis)

Altitude: -61.1°   Azimuth: 67.2°   Direction: East-North-East

λ1 Fornacis is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Fornax.

λ1 Fornacis visual magnitude is 5.9. Because of its reltive faintness, λ1 Fornacis should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of λ1 Fornacis is -0.015 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.02 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of λ1 Fornacis (lambda1 Fornacis) star
DSS2 image of λ1 Fornacis. The red arrow shows the motion of λ1 Fornacis during the next 10000 years (-2.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about λ1 Fornacis


λ1 Fornacis (lambda1 Fornacis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -61.1°
Azimuth: 67.2°
Direction: East-North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of λ1 Fornacis

λ1 Fornacis is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of λ1 Fornacis are provided in the following table:

02h 33m 06s
-34° 38’ 59”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of λ1 Fornacis in the sky:

Finder chart λ1 Fornacis (lambda1 Fornacis) star
Simplified finder chart for λ1 Fornacis (lambda1 Fornacis).

Visibility of λ1 Fornacis 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 λ1 Fornacis (lambda1 Fornacis) 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: 124.7°
Max altitude: 3.9°
Azimuth: 235.4°

Distance of λ1 Fornacis from the Sun and relative movement

λ1 Fornacis is distant 379.95 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 13 kilometers per second.

116.55 pc
379.95 ly
13 km/s
-0.015 arcsec/year
-0.02 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of λ1 Fornacis

λ1 Fornacis belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where λ1 Fornacis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of λ1 Fornacis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of λ1 Fornacis

λ1 Fornacis
(lambda1 Fornacis)