Lambda Virginis

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λ Virginis
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Location of λ Virginis.
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Virgo
Right ascension 14h 19m 06.6s
Declination −13° 22' 16"
Apparent magnitude (V) +4.52
Distance 187 ± 10 ly
(57 ± 3 pc)
Spectral type A2m
Other designations
Khambalia, 100 Virginis,
HR 5359, HD 125337, BD-12 4018, FK5 1371, HIP 69974, SAO 158489.

Lambda Virginis (λ Vir, λ Virginis) is a binary star in the constellation Virgo. It also has the traditional name Khambalia (from old Coptic meaning 'Crooked Claw').[1]

In China, 亢宿 (Kàng Xiù), meaning Neck, refers to an asterism consisting of this star, κ Virginis, ι Virginis and κ Virginis.[2] Consequently, λ Virginis itself is known as 亢宿四 (Kàngsusì, English: the Fourth Star of Neck.)

Lambda Virginis is a spectroscopic binary. The combined spectra of the components is classified as A2 and the system has an apparent magnitude of +4.52. It is approximately 187 light years from Earth. The two components have magnitudes of +5.3 and +5.4 and are separated by 0.0002 arcseconds. They have an orbital period of 206.64 days.