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A white fifth-magnitude star that shines near the northeastern corner of Lepus, the constellation of the Hare, on the fringes of the Milky Way in the sky. It falls betwen the more prominent constellations of Orion and Canis Major, lying relatively close to an imaginary line between Rigel in Orion and brilliant Sirius in Canis Major.

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Theta Leporis lies some 167 light years from the Solar System, and is a main sequence or 'dwarf' star, though it has more than twice the diameter of the Sun. By comparison it is also considerably hotter: its surface temperature of about 9,400 K is nearly twice that of the Sun (and so it shines white, rather than the Sun's yellow colour). It is also much more luminous than the Sun, generating more than thirty times as much light energy.


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