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Nair al Zaurak, Head of Phoenix, Alpha Phoenicis

Proper NamesAnkaa, Nair al Zaurak, Head of Phoenix
Bayer DesignationAlpha Phoenicis
Flamsteed NumberNone
HR (BSC)99
Right Ascension0h 26m 17s
Declination-42° 18' 22"
Distance85 light years
26 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +2.4
Absolute: +0.3
Spectral ClassK0III Orange Giant
Optimum VisibilityOctober
NotesWith a name deriving from the Arabic for 'Phoenix', Ankaa lies approximately halfway between brighter Achernar and Fomalhaut among the stars of Earth's southern skies. The giant star in the centre of the Ankaa system is orbited by a small binary companion at a distance of some 7 AU.


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