Capella

The Shepherdˆs Star, Alpha Aurigae, 13 Aurigae

Proper NamesCapella, The Shepherd's Star
Bayer DesignationAlpha Aurigae
Flamsteed Number13 Aurigae
BSC1708
HD34029
ConstellationAuriga
Right Ascension5h 16m 36s
Declination+45° 59' 48"
Distance42 light years
13 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +0.1
Absolute: -0.5
Spectral ClassG5 Yellow Giant
Optimum VisibilityDecember

A brilliant yellow star system, the sixth brightest in the entire sky, lying in the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer.

Capella A

A close view of Capella A, one of two yellow giants that dominate the extensive Capella system. This huge star and its companion lie at the heart of a swarm of eight or more lesser stars.

The Capella System

Capella is a complex system with two giant yellow stars at its heart, orbiting a common centre of gravity every 104 days. These two are not alone - they are accompanied by at least eight other stars

Relative Galactic Position of Capella

The Galactic position and direction of Capella relative to Earth's Sun. Note that, at this extreme scale, the two stars are effectively in the same place.

Location of Capella

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