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Beta Aquilae, 60 Aquilae

Proper NameAlshain
Bayer DesignationBeta Aquilae
Flamsteed Number60 Aquilae
HR (BSC)7602
Right Ascension19h 55m 19s
Declination+6° 24' 24"
Distance44 light years
14 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.7
Absolute: +3.0
Spectral ClassG8IV yellow subgiant
Optimum VisibilityJuly / August
NotesThough prominently placed in the 'head' of Aquila the Eagle, and designated 'Beta' Aquilae, Alshain is not the second brightest star in its constellation, and in fact there are six stars in Aquila with brighter magnitudes. The primary star of this system, Alshain A, is a yellow subgiant star, while Alshain B is a distant and faint red dwarf companion orbiting at a distance of some 175 AU.

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