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Sharatan, Beta Arietis, 6 Arietis

Proper NamesSheratan, Sharatan
Bayer DesignationBeta Arietis
Flamsteed Number6 Arietis
HR (BSC)553
Right Ascension1h 54m 38s
Declination+20° 48' 29"
Distance59 light years
18 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +2.6
Absolute: +1.3
Spectral ClassA5V white main sequence star
Optimum VisibilityOctober / November
NotesSheratan or Beta Arietis is an eclipsing binary system, in which the white primary star is periodically eclipsed by a fainter companion. The two stars in the system pursue a highly eccentric and elliptical orbit around one another, completing each orbit in a period of 107 days.

Sheratan has a magnitude that varies around +2.6. It is a hot dwarf star not far from Hamal in Aries.


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