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Nihal, Beta Leporis, 9 Leporis, HD36079, HIP25606, HR1829

Nihal (Beta Leporis) is a white to yellow star that can be located in the constellation of Lepus. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Beta Leporis is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1829. HIP25606 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD36079. In Arabic, it is known as An-Nihal.

Location of Nihal

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 Nihal, the location is 05h 28m 14.73 and -20d 45` 33.2 .

Proper Motion of Nihal

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 -86.01 ± 0.12 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -5.02 ± 0.18 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards us is -14.20000 km/s with an error of about 0.10 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Nihal

Nihal has a spectral type of G5II. This means the star is a white to yellow star. The star is 7432.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24240.4597260800000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.8 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,422 Kelvin.

Nihal Radius has been calculated as being 14.14 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 9,841,810.28.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 14.28. 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 -0.34 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Nihal Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Nihal has an apparent magnitude of 2.81 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 -0.63 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.65. 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 Nihal

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 20.49 which gave the calculated distance to Nihal as 159.18 light years away from Earth or 48.80 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 159.18 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 20.34 which put Nihal at a distance of 160.36 light years or 49.16 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 7,432.00 Parsecs or 24,240.46 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.

Nihal Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameNihal
Flamsteed Name9 Leporis
Flamsteed Short Name9 Lep
Arabic NameAn-Nihal
English MeaningThe camels quenching their thirst
Bayer DesignationBeta Leporis
Hipparcos Library I.D.25606
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id1829
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-20 1096
Henry Draper Designation36079

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude-0.63 / -0.65
Visual / Apparent Magnitude2.81
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 28m 14.73
Declination (Dec.)-20d 45` 33.2
Galactic Latitude-27.20 degrees
Galactic Longitude223.56 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth20.49 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 159.18 Light Years
 48.80 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth20.34 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 160.36 Light Years
 49.16 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,240.46 Light Years / 7,432.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-86.01 ± 0.12 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-5.02 ± 0.18 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.80
Radial Velocity-14.20 ± 0.10 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.34 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeG5II
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,422 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.

Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
36079-20 1096.0A3.00000-9.00000-91.00000G0Yellow

Location of Nihal in Lepus

Nihal (Beta Leporis) Location in Lepus

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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