· · · ·
Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationTau Centauri
Flamsteed NumberNone
HR (BSC)4802
Right Ascension12h 37m 42s
Declination-48° 32' 29"
Distance134 light years
41 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.84
Absolute: +0.77
Spectral ClassA2V white main sequence star
Optimum VisibilityApril (Usually visible from southern latitudes)

The bright star to the southeast of Tau Centauri is Muhlifain or Gamma Centauri, actually a close neighbour of Tau Centauri in space, but a subgiant star that is far more intrinsically luminous than Tau Centauri. The fainter orange star near Muhlifain is w Centauri, a giant background star lying some sixty light years beyond the other two prominent stars seen here. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


Related Entries