Marfik - λ Ophiuchi (lambda Ophiuchi)
Marfik, also designated as λ Ophiuchi (lambda Ophiuchi), is a variable and multiple hypergiant star in the constellation of Ophiuchus.
Marfik visual magnitude is 3.82. Because of its moderate brightness, Marfik 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 Marfik:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Marfik
Marfik 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 Marfik are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Marfik in the sky:
Visibility of Marfik from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Marfik
The image below is a photograph of Marfik 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 Marfik is -0.027 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.073 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Marfik from the Sun and relative movement
Marfik is distant 166.07 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Marfik
Marfik belongs to spectral class A0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Marfik is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Marfik star system properties
Marfik is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Marfik double sysyem: