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Lambda Leporis, 6 Leporis, HD34816, HIP24845

Lambda Leporis is a blue subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Lepus. Lambda Leporis is the brightest star in Lepus based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Lambda Leporis is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP24845 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD34816.

Location of Lambda Leporis

The location of the star in the galaxy is determined by the Right Ascension (R.A.) and Declination (Dec.), these are equivalent to the Longitude and Latitude on the Earth. The Right Ascension is how far expressed in time (hh:mm:ss) the star is along the celestial equator. If the R.A. is positive then its eastwards. The Declination is how far north or south the star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Lambda Leporis, the location is 05h 19m 34.53 and -13d10`36.4 .

Proper Motion of Lambda Leporis

All stars like planets orbit round a central spot, in the case of planets, its the central star such as the Sun. In the case of a star, its the galactic centre. The constellations that we see today will be different than they were 50,000 years ago or 50,000 years from now. Proper Motion details the movements of these stars and are measured in milliarcseconds. The star is moving -4.91 ± 0.16 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -3.30 ± 0.24 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Lambda Leporis

Lambda Leporis has a spectral type of B0.5IV. This means the star is a blue subgiant star. The star is 7593.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24765.5827099200000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.23 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 19,982 Kelvin.

Lambda Leporis Radius has been calculated as being 3.56 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,478,234.04.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.82. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.06 with an error value of 0.04 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Lambda Leporis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Lambda Leporis has an apparent magnitude of 4.29 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. If you used the 1997 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.30 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.79. Magnitude, whether it be apparent/visual or absolute magnitude is measured by a number, the smaller the number, the brighter the Star is. Our own Sun is the brightest star and therefore has the lowest of all magnitudes, -26.74. A faint star will have a high number.

Distance to Lambda Leporis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.03 which gave the calculated distance to Lambda Leporis as 1076.45 light years away from Earth or 330.03 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1076.45 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.83 which put Lambda Leporis at a distance of 851.60 light years or 261.10 parsecs. It should not be taken as though the star is moving closer or further away from us. It is purely that the distance was recalculated.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,593.00 Parsecs or 24,765.58 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Source of Information

The source of the information if it has a Hip I.D. is from Simbad, the Hipparcos data library based at the University at Strasbourg, France. Hipparcos was a E.S.A. satellite operation launched in 1989 for four years. The items in red are values that I've calculated so they could well be wrong. Information regarding Metallicity and/or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

Lambda Leporis Facts

Alternative Names

Flamsteed Name6 Leporis
Flamsteed Short Name6 Lep
Bayer DesignationLambda Leporis
Hipparcos Library I.D.24845
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-13 1127
Henry Draper Designation34816

Visual Facts

Star Typesubgiant star
Absolute Magnitude-3.30 / -2.79
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.29
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 19m 34.53
Declination (Dec.)-13d10`36.4
Galactic Latitude-26.24 degrees
Galactic Longitude214.83 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.03 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1076.45 Light Years
 330.03 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth3.83 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 851.60 Light Years
 261.10 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,765.58 Light Years / 7,593.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-4.91 ± 0.16 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-3.30 ± 0.24 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.23
Radial Velocity20.20 ± 2.70 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.06 ± 0.04 Fe/H
Spectral TypeB0.5IV
Colour(B) blue

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature19,982 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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