One of a trio of stars that mark out the head of Pegasus, the constellation of the Flying Horse, with the other two stars being Enif and Biham, or Epsilon and Theta Pegasi respectively. The origins of the name Homam for this star are not completely clear, but the most prevalent suggestion is that the name originated as a contraction of Arabic Sa'd al Humam, the 'lucky (star) of the hero'.
Homam is usually classified as a main sequencestar, though it is a great deal more massive and luminous than the Sun, and may possibly be evolving into the subgiant phase of its lifecycle. Its diameter is some four times that of the Sun, and the temperature at its surface, estimated at more than 11,000 K, is approximately twice the equivalent temperature of the Sun. Homam is a pulsating variablestar whose luminosity changes to a barely detectable degree over a period of some 22.95 hours.