Suhail - λ Velorum (lambda Velorum)
Suhail, also designated as λ Velorum (lambda Velorum), is a variable and double supergiant star in the constellation of Vela.
Suhail visual magnitude is 2.21, making it the 65th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Suhail is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.
The proper motion of Suhail is -0.019 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.013 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Key facts about Suhail
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Suhail
Suhail 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 Suhail are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Suhail in the sky:
Visibility of Suhail from your location
Distance of Suhail from the Sun and relative movement
Suhail is distant 572.93 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 18 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Suhail
Suhail belongs to spectral class K4 and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a supergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Suhail is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Suhail star system properties
Suhail is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Suhail double sysyem: