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Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationKappa Aurigae
Flamsteed Number44 Aurigae
HR (BSC)2219
Right Ascension6h 15m 23s
Declination+29° 29' 53"
Distance177 light years
54 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +4.3
Absolute: +0.7
Spectral ClassG9IIIb yellow giant
Optimum VisibilityJanuary
NotesKappa Aurigae is a yellow star in the southern parts of Auriga, near the border of that constellation with neighbouring Gemini. The star has expanded into its giant phase, reaching some twelve times the diameter of the Sun, and is consuming helium in place of hydrogen in its core.


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