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Shaula, bright star in the constellation Scorpius; Bayer designation Lambda Scorpii; 1992 position R.A. 17h33.7m, Dec. - 37°06−. A bluish-white star of spectral class B1 V, its apparent magnitude of 1.62 makes it one of the 25 brightest stars in the sky. Shaula is a spectroscopic binary star. Its distance from the earth is about 300 light-years. Its name is from the Arabic, meaning "raised part of the scorpion's tail."

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