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Beta Eridani, 67 Eridani

Proper NameCursa
Bayer DesignationBeta Eridani
Flamsteed Number67 Eridani
HR (BSC)1666
Right Ascension5h 8m 37s
Declination-5° 4' 10"
Distance89 light years
27 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +2.8
Absolute: 0.6
Spectral ClassA3 White Subgiant
Optimum VisibilityDecember
NotesThe second brightest star in Eridanus, Cursa marks the northern end of the stream of stars that runs southward from the feet of Orion down to Achernar deep in the sky's southern hemisphere. Cursa is a variable star that has been known to produce brief but brilliantly intense bursts of brightness at rare intervals.


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