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Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationGamma Monocerotis
Flamsteed Number5 Monocerotis
HR (BSC)2227
Right Ascension6h 14m 51s
Declination-6° 16' 29"
Distance439 light years
135 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +4.0
Absolute: -2.5
Spectral ClassK3 Orange Giant
Optimum VisibilityJanuary
NotesThis fourth magnitude star lies roughly in line with Orion's Belt to the northwest, and despite its comparative faintness it is actually rather closer to the Solar System than the Belt's three highly luminous stars. The main orange giant is orbited by a white dwarf star at a distance of more than 8,000 AU.


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