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Beta Arae

Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationBeta Arae
Flamsteed NumberNone
HR (BSC)6461
Right Ascension17h 25m 18s
Declination-55° 31' 48"
Distance646 light years
198 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +2.8
Absolute: -3.7
Spectral ClassK3Ib-IIa orange supergiant
Optimum VisibilityJune / July (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesAn evolved star, Beta Arae has consumed its reserves of hydrogen, and begun to fuse helium in its core. In the process, it has expanded to form a highly luminous star approaching the status of a supergiant (though properly falling on the border between a bright giant and a full supergiant star).

A luminous orange star lying nearly 650 light years from the Sun, in the constellation of Ara.


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