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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 5:00 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:07
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Meissa - λ Orionis (lambda Orionis)

Above the horizon.  Rise: 4:12 | Tran: 11:01 | Set: 17:50
Alt: 46.71°   Az: 158.29°   Direction: South-South-East

Meissa, also designated as λ Orionis (lambda Orionis), is a variable and multiple giant star of spectral class O8 in the constellation of Orion.

Meissa visual magnitude is 3.54. Because of its moderate brightness, Meissa is easily visible to the naked eye from locations with dark skies, while it might be barely visible, or not visible at all, from light-polluted skies.

Meissa is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

Image of Meissa - λ Orionis (lambda Orionis) star
DSS2 image of Meissa. The red arrow shows the motion of Meissa during the next 100000 years (0.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -10.00 arcmin in declination);

Celestial Coordinates


05h 36m 29s
+09° 56’ 54”
23h 00m 18s
04h 36m 48s


05h 35m 08s
+09° 56’ 03”

Galactic Coordinates


Finder Chart

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

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class



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

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

Star System Properties

Meissa 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 Meissa double sysyem:

4.4 arcsec

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

Meissa is distant 1,055.02 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 34 kilometers per second.

323.62 pc
1,055.02 ly
34 km/s
-0.006 "/y

Alternative Designations

λ Orionis
(lambda Orionis)

Visibility from Your Location

Today's Meissa - λ Orionis (lambda Orionis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 80.1°
Max altitude: 48.5°
Azimuth: 279.9°