Adhara

Adhara ădhâr´ə [key], bright star in the constellation Canis Major Bayer designation ε Canis Majoris 1992 position R.A. 6 h58.3 m, Dec. −31°54′. A bluish-white giant (spectral class B2 II) with apparent magnitude 1.5, it is one of the 25 brightest stars in the sky. Adhara is a visual binary star with combined luminosity about 8,000 times that of the sun its distance is about 700 light-years. The name is from the Arabic meaning virgin.

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