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Alpha Apodis

Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationAlpha Apodis
Flamsteed NumberNone
HR (BSC)5470
Right Ascension14h 47m 52s
Declination-79° 2' 41"
Distance447 light years
137 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.8
Absolute: -1.9
Spectral ClassK3IIICN0.5 orange giant
Optimum VisibilityMay (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesThough designated 'Alpha', this star belongs to a faint constellation, and is itself only fourth magnitude. Alpha Apodis is an evolved orange giant star that has begun to burn helium in its core, and has expanded to a diameter more than fifty times that of the Sun.

Orange Alpha Apodis marks the tail of Apus, the Bird of Paradise. This is a far southern star, just 11° from the Southern Celestial Pole.

The brightest of the stars of the far southern constellation Apus. It is an orange giant, but its distance from Earth of nearly 450 light years makes it appear faint in the sky.


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