Beta Leporis (Beta Lep, β Leporis, β Lep) is the second brightest star in the constellation of Lepus. It is also known as Nihal,"quenching their thirst".
Based on parallax measurements from the Hipparcos astrometry satellite, this star is located about 160 light-years (49 parsecs) from the Earth. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 2.84 and a stellar classification of G5 II. The mass of this star is 3.5 times the mass of the Sun and it is about 240 million years old,6 which is sufficient time for a star this massive to consume the hydrogen at its core and evolve away from the main sequence, becoming a G-type bright giant.
This is a double star system and may be a binary. Using adaptive optics on the AEOS telescope at Haleakala Observatory, the pair was found to be separated by an angle of 2.58 arcseconds at a position angle of 1.4°. Component B has been observed to fluctuate in brightness and is catalogued as suspected variable star NSV 2008.
In Space Opera
In the Dune Universe Kuentsing system is a double star system has the planet Bela Tegeuse. Kuentsing is the chinese name of Arneb or Alpha Leporis. However, the Kuentsing system may in fact be referring to Beta Leporis (Nihal).
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