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Caph

Kaff, Beta Cassiopeiae, 11 Cassiopeiae

Proper NamesCaph, Kaff
Bayer DesignationBeta Cassiopeiae
Flamsteed Number11 Cassiopeiae
BSC21
HD432
ConstellationCassiopeia
Right Ascension0h 9m 11s
Declination+59° 8' 59"
Distance55 light years
17 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +2.3
Absolute: +1.2
Spectral ClassF2III Bright Yellow Giant
Optimum VisibilityOctober (Usually visible from northern latitudes)

A pale yellow star, rather more massive than the Sun, that lies about fifty-five light years away. It is the right-most of the five stars that make up Cassiopeia's characteristic 'W' shape. Caph is a variable star, showing a pulsating pattern in its luminosity.

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