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Suhail - λ Velorum (lambda Velorum)

Altitude: -5.1°   Azimuth: 175.1°   Direction: South

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.

Image of Suhail - λ Velorum (lambda Velorum) star
DSS2 image of Suhail. The red arrow shows the motion of Suhail during the next 10000 years (-3.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Suhail


Suhail - λ Velorum (lambda Velorum) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -5.1°
Azimuth: 175.1°
Direction: South

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:

09h 07m 59s
-43° 25’ 56”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of Suhail in the sky:

Finder chart Suhail - λ Velorum (lambda Velorum) star
Simplified finder chart for Suhail - λ Velorum (lambda Velorum).

Visibility of Suhail from your location

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

Suhail - λ Velorum (lambda Velorum) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

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.

175.75 pc
572.93 ly
18 km/s
-0.019 arcsec/year
0.013 arcsec/year

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.

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

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:

18.2 arcsec

Alternative designations of Suhail

λ Velorum
(lambda Velorum)