Beta Hydri is a third magnitude star in the
southern sky, not far to the south of the Small Magellanic Cloud. The brightest star in the constellations Hydrus, it is marginally brighter than Alpha Hydri (also known as the Head of Hydrus).
It is a yellow star with some properties in common with our own
Sun, but its greater mass and luminosity places in the class of
stars known as 'subgiants'. It is extremely nearby in
stellar terms, being slightly less than twenty-five light years from the