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Alpha Circini

Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationAlpha Circini
Flamsteed NumberNone
HR (BSC)5463
Right Ascension14h 42m 30s
Declination-64° 58' 30"
Distance54 light years
16 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.2
Absolute: +2.1
Spectral ClassF1 Bright Yellow Dwarf
Optimum VisibilityMay (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesApproximately twice the size of the Sun, Alpha Circini is a pulsating variable, showing very rapid and complex patterns of oscillation. It has a peculiar spectrum, showing heightened levels of the elements strontium, europium and chromium in comparison to other similar stars.
Alpha Circini

Alpha Circini, the brightest star in the constellation Circinus, lies in a dense area of the Milky Way.

A pale yellow star of the F-type classification, Alpha Circini lies relatively close to the Earth on a cosmic scale: just fifty light years beyond the much better-known Alpha Centauri or Rigil Kentaurus.


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