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Shaula, Lambda Scorpii, 35 Scorpii, HD158926, HIP85927, HR6527

Shaula (Lambda Scorpii) is a blue pulsating star that can be located in the constellation of Scorpius. Shaula is the 24th brightest star in the night sky and the 2nd brightest star in Scorpius 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 Scorpii is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6527. HIP85927 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD158926.

Shaula has alternative name(s), lam Sco. In Arabic, it is known as Ash-Shaulah.

Location of Shaula

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 Shaula, the location is 17h 33m 36.53 and -37d 06` 13.5 .

Proper Motion of Shaula

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 -30.80 ± 0.50 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -8.53 ± 0.75 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 -3.00000 km/s with an error of about 2.80 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Shaula

Shaula has a spectral type of B1.5IV+.... This means the star is a blue star. The star is 7230.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23581.6097712000000000s. 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.

Shaula Radius has been calculated as being 7.97 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 5,548,294.43.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 6.48. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Shaula Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Shaula has an apparent magnitude of 1.62 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 -5.05 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.60. 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 Shaula

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.64 which gave the calculated distance to Shaula as 702.94 light years away from Earth or 215.52 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 702.94 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 5.71 which put Shaula at a distance of 571.21 light years or 175.13 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 7,230.00 Parsecs or 23,581.61 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of Shaula

The star is a pulsating Beta Cephei variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. Shaula brightness ranges from a magnitude of 1.540 to a magnitude of 1.503 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.2 days (variability).

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.

Shaula Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameShaula
Flamsteed Name35 Scorpii
Flamsteed Short Name35 Sco
Short Namelam Sco
Arabic NameAsh-Shaulah
English MeaningThe raised tail of the scorpion
Bayer DesignationLambda Scorpii
Hipparcos Library I.D.85927
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id6527
Henry Draper Designation158926

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude-5.05 / -4.60
Visual / Apparent Magnitude1.62
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 33m 36.53
Declination (Dec.)-37d 06` 13.5
Galactic Latitude-2.21 degrees
Galactic Longitude351.74 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.64 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 702.94 Light Years
 215.52 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth5.71 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 571.21 Light Years
 175.13 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,581.61 Light Years / 7,230.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-30.80 ± 0.50 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-8.53 ± 0.75 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.23
Radial Velocity-3.00 ± 2.80 km/s
Spectral TypeB1.5IV+...
Brightest in Night Sky24th
Colour(B) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeBeta Cephei
Mean Variability Period in Days0.214
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)1.503 - 1.540

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature19,982 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

Location of Shaula in Scorpius

Shaula (Lambda Scorpii) Location in Scorpius

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

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