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What's in a Name: || Sometimes called Rigel Kentaurus meaning "foot of the Centaur" in Arabic.
|Claim to Fame:||
Member of the triple star system closest to our sun. 3rd brightest star in the sky (apparent visual magnitude = -0.3).
|Type of Star:||
Yellow-Orange Main Sequence star (G2 V Spectral Class).
|How Far Away:||
4.3 light years away
About the same size as the sun
40% brighter than the sun. Absolute visible magnitude Mv = +4.4
|Where to View:||
Located in the constellation Centaurus, the Centaur
|When to View: ||
Centaurus is never in the sky viewed from middle northern latitudes (around 40 degrees). As you travel south on the Earth's surface and pass below the equator, you will definitely see it from time to time.
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