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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

μ Leporis (mu Leporis)

μ Leporis is a variable giant star in the constellation of Lepus.

μ Leporis visual magnitude is 3.31. Because of its moderate brightness, μ Leporis 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 μ Leporis:

μ Leporis (mu Leporis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of μ Leporis

μ Leporis 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 μ Leporis are provided in the following table:

05h 12m 55s
-16° 12’ 20”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of μ Leporis in the sky:

Finder chart μ Leporis (mu Leporis) star
Simplified finder chart for μ Leporis (mu Leporis).

Visibility of μ Leporis from your location

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

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

Azimuth: 106.2°
Max altitude: 22.3°
Azimuth: 253.8°
μ Leporis (mu Leporis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of μ Leporis

The image below is a photograph of μ Leporis 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 μ Leporis is 0.043 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.026 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of μ Leporis (mu Leporis) star
DSS2 image of μ Leporis. The red arrow shows the motion of μ Leporis during the next 10000 years (7.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of μ Leporis from the Sun and relative movement

μ Leporis is distant 184.28 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 28 kilometers per second.

56.53 pc
184.28 ly
28 km/s
0.043 arcsec/year
-0.026 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of μ Leporis

μ Leporis belongs to spectral class B9 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star. μ Leporis is also a HgMn chemically peculiar star.


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

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

Alternative designations of μ Leporis

μ Leporis
(mu Leporis)