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Tania Australis

Alkafzah Australis, Mu Ursae Majoris, 34 Ursae Majoris

Proper NamesTania Australis, Alkafzah Australis
Bayer DesignationMu Ursae Majoris
Flamsteed Number34 Ursae Majoris
HR (BSC)4069
ConstellationUrsa Major
Right Ascension10h 22m 20s
Declination+41° 29' 58"
Distance230 light years
71 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.0
Absolute: -1.2
Spectral ClassM0III red giant
Optimum VisibilityMarch
NotesTania Australis is an old red giant star approaching the end of its helium-burning cycle, and evolving into an orange carbon-burning star. It is a spectroscopic binary, with a companion star that can be detected only by its effects on the primary star's spectrum.

Tania Australis in Ursa Major. The blue-white star to the north is Tania Borealis or Lambda Ursae Majoris, actually a rather less luminous star much closer to the Sun than Tania Australis. Directly to the west of Tania Australis is the face-on spiral galaxy NGC 3184. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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