Alpha Tucanae

Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationAlpha Tucanae
Flamsteed NumberNone
BSC8502
HD211416
ConstellationTucana
Right Ascension22h 18m 30s
Declination-60° 15' 35"
Distance199 light years
61 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +2.9
Absolute: -1.1
Spectral ClassK3 Orange Giant
Optimum VisibilityAugust/September

An orange giant star that lies almost 200 light years from the Earth; the brightest star in the constellation of Tucana, the Toucan.

Image of Alpha Tucanae

Dismembered by ferocious gravitational effects, a broken comet passes through the close binary system Alpha Tucanae. Each of the remaining fragments has two tails, as particles are blasted into space by each of Alpha Tucanae's component stars.

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