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A computer model of Regulus, with the Sun shown to scale
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Wenjin Huang, CHARA, Georgia State University

Regulus

What's in a Name: Latin for "Little King"
Claim to Fame: Rotates so quickly (about 700,000 miles per hour at its equator) that it is shaped like a bullet!
Type of Star: Blue-white Main Sequence Star
How Far Away: 85 light years away
How Bright: About 350 times brighter than the Sun
Where to View: In the constellation Leo the Lion.
When to View:February through June.

Last modified January 25, 2006 by Travis Metcalfe.

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