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Cauda Hydrae

Dhanab al Shuja, Gamma Hydrae, 46 Hydrae

Proper NamesCauda Hydrae, Dhanab al Shuja
Bayer DesignationGamma Hydrae
Flamsteed Number46 Hydrae
HR (BSC)5020
Right Ascension13h 18m 55s
Declination-23° 10' 17"
Distance134 light years
41 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.0
Absolute: -0.1
Spectral ClassG8IIIa yellow giant
Optimum VisibilityApril / May
NotesCauda Hydrae (a name meaning the 'tail of Hydra'), is designated Gamma Hydrae on the Bayer system, though in fact it is considerably brighter than Beta Hydrae, which also lies within the tail of the Sea Monster. This is an evolved yellow star, considerably more larger and more massive than the Sun.


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