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Proper NameNone
Bayer Designationa Carinae
Flamsteed NumberNone
HR (BSC)3659
Variable DesignationV357 Carinae
Right Ascension9h 10m 58s
Declination-58° 58' 1"
Distance447 light years
137 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.43
Absolute: -2.25
Spectral ClassB2IV-V blue subgiant
Optimum VisibilityFebruary / March (Usually visible from southern latitudes)

The brighter star seen to the east (left) of this image is Aspidiske or Iota Carinae. Aspidiske is considerably more distant from the Sun than a Carinae, but is an intensely luminous supergiant star. So, despite its much greater distance, Aspidiske nonetheless seems the brighter of the two stars as seen from Earth. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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