Beta Leporis


Distance (Light Years) 159.2 ± 6.6
Apparent Magnitude 2.81
Color (B-V)0.82

Names For This Star

Nihal (Nibal) would seem to derive from the name that was formerly applied by the Arabs to the four brightest stars of Lepus - Al Nihal, "The Drinking Camels." The stars were seen as camels drinking from the river of the near-by Milky Way.

Description of the Star

Nihal is a yellow G5II bright giant star having a luminosity about 150 times that of the sun.

According to Burnham, Nihal has a dim companion of perhaps 11th magnitude at a separation of about 2.5 arc seconds, corresponding to a projected distance of 122 AU that is, about 3 times the distance from the sun to planet Pluto. The period of the orbit of the companion appears to be several hundred years.

Other Designations For This Star


9 Leporis

Hipparcos Identifier (HIP Number)


Harvard Revised (HR Number)


Henry Draper Catalog (HD Number)


Bonner Durchmusterung (BD Number)

BD-20 1096
Smithsonian Astrophysical
Observatory compendium (SAO Number)

Fundamental Katalog (FK5 Number)



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Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
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