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Tau Ceti

52 Ceti, Gliese 71

Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationTau Ceti
Flamsteed Number52 Ceti
HR (BSC)509
Other DesignationsGliese 71
Right Ascension1h 44m 4s
Declination-15° 56' 15"
Distance11.9 light years
3.7 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.49
Absolute: +5.68
Spectral ClassG8Vp yellow dwarf
Optimum VisibilityOctober / November
Planets in this system Tau Ceti b, unconfirmed exoplanet
Tau Ceti c, unconfirmed exoplanet
Tau Ceti d, unconfirmed exoplanet
Tau Ceti e, Super Earth
Tau Ceti f, Super Earth
Tau Ceti g, Super Earth
Tau Ceti h, Super Earth

Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas

A small yellow star with a distant binary companion. Tau Ceti has a spectrum very close to that of the Earth's own Sun. At a little under twelve light years away, this is the second nearest Sun-like (G-type) star to the Solar System, after Alpha Centauri.


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