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Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationXi2 Canis Majoris
Flamsteed Number5 Canis Majoris
HR (BSC)2414
ConstellationCanis Major
Right Ascension6h 35m 3s
Declination-22° 57' 53"
Distance391 light years
120 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +4.5
Absolute: -1.1
Spectral ClassA0III white giant (some sources prefer A0V white main sequence star)
Optimum VisibilityJanuary
NotesThe visible star designated Xi2 Canis Majoris shows oscillations in its motion that demonstrate that it belongs to a binary system, but a system in which the other component body cannot be detected. In an astrometric binary system like this, the other member is either too faint to be identified, or is a dark object such as a neutron star.

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