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Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationBeta Sagittae
Flamsteed Number6 Sagittae
HR (BSC)7488
Right Ascension19h 41m 3s
Declination+17° 28' 34"
Distance422 light years
129 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +4.4
Absolute: -1.4
Spectral ClassG8IIIaCN0.5 yellow giant
Optimum VisibilityJuly / August
NotesBeta Sagittae and neighbouring Sham together form the tail of the Arrow Sagitta. Beta Sagittae is a giant star with a yellow colouration. The notation 'CN0.5' appended to its spectral classification indicates that the star's spectrum shows relatively high levels of cyanogen molecules.

A G-type yellow star like our own Sun, Beta Sagittae belongs to the 'giant' class of stars, and lies hundreds of light years from the Earth.

Beta Sagittae, a yellow giant shining against the densely starred backdrop of the Milky Way as it passes through Sagitta, the constellation of the Arrow. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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