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Proper NameNone
Bayer Designationm Centauri
Flamsteed NumberNone
HR (BSC)5041
Right Ascension13h 24m 0s
Declination-64° 32' 8"
Distance253 light years
78 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +4.53
Absolute: +0.02
Spectral ClassG5IIb yellow bright giant
Optimum VisibilityApril / May (Usually visible from southern latitudes)

m Centauri shines against the background of a dense region of the Milky Way. The backdrop to this image is formed from an immense nebulous star cloud, Cederblad 122, which lies thousands of light years beyond the star. m Centauri's fainter neighbouring star to the east is the giant HR 5048. Of the two stars, HR 5048 is actually closer to the Sun, but appears fainter because it is rather less luminous than the bright giant m Centauri. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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