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Sulaphat, Gamma Lyrae, 14 Lyrae

Proper NamesSulafat, Sulaphat
Bayer DesignationGamma Lyrae
Flamsteed Number14 Lyrae
HR (BSC)7178
Right Ascension18h 58m 57s
Declination+32° 41' 22"
Distance620 light years
190 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.3
Absolute: -3.2
Spectral ClassB9III blue giant
Optimum VisibilityJuly
NotesSouthward of brilliant Vega, the blue stars Sulafat and Sheliak define the shape of Lyra, the constellation of the Lyre. Sulafat is a giant star, evolving towards the later stages of its life, and lies several hundred light years closer to the Sun than the more luminous supergiant Sheliak.
Illustration of Sulafat

The blue giant Sulafat, seen with two of its smaller and fainter companion stars. There is at least one other component in this multiple system.

A hot blue star more than six hundred light years from the Solar System. It lies in the constellation of Lyra, near the Ring Nebula.


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