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Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationKappa Draconis
Flamsteed Number5 Draconis
HR (BSC)4787
Right Ascension12h 33m 29s
Declination+69° 47' 18"
Distance465 light years
143 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.89
Absolute: -1.88
Spectral ClassB6IIIpe blue giant
Optimum VisibilityApril (Usually visible from northern latitudes)

Blue Kappa Draconis lies in the middle of a short line of stars forming part of the tail of Draco the Dragon. On the Flamsteed system, counting from south to north, the three bright stars here are 4 Draconis, 5 Draconis (Kappa itself) and 6 Draconis. 4 and 6 Draconis are red and orange giant stars considerably more distant from the Sun than central Kappa Draconis. Also visible to the extreme west (right) of this image is a prominent barred spiral galaxy designated C3 or NGC 4236. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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