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Ras Alhague, Alpha Ophiuchi, 55 Ophiuchi

Relative Galactic Position of Rasalhague

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

This white star is the brightest in the constellation of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder, and its name means 'Head of the Serpent Holder'. Its variable brightness and peculiarities in its spectrum suggest that it may be surrounded by a dense cloud of material.


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