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Ras Alhague

Rasalhague, Alpha Ophiuchi, 55 Ophiuchi

Relative Galactic Position of Ras Alhague

The Galactic position and direction of Ras Alhague 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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