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Phurud, Zeta Canis Majoris, 1 Canis Majoris

The star to the immediate northwest of Furud - so close in this image that the two stars almost appear to be 'touching' - is in fact not related to Furud at all. This is the eighth-magnitude giant HD 44380, which actually lies more than five times farther from the Sun than Furud, but happens to lie on an almost direct line of sight. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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