Alpha Vulpeculae

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Alpha Vulpeculae
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Location of α Vulpeculae (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Vulpecula
Right ascension 19h 28m 42.3s
Declination +24° 39′ 54″
Apparent magnitude (V) +4.44
Absolute magnitude (V) −0.36
Distance 297 ly
(91 pc)
Spectral type M0III
Other designations
Anser, α Vulpeculae, α Vul, Alpha Vul, 6 Vulpeculae, BD+24 3759, CCDM J19288+2442A, FK5 1508, GC 26904, HD 183439, HIP 95771, HR 7405, IDS 19245+2427 A, PPM 109083, SAO 87261, WDS J19287+2440A.

Alpha Vulpeculae (Alpha Vul, α Vulpeculae, α Vul) is the brightest star in the constellation Vulpecula. It has a traditional name, variously represented as Lukida, Lucida Anseris, or Anser, a tradition kept from when the constellation had the name Vulpecula et Anser 'the fox and the goose'.

Alpha Vulpeculae is a red giant of spectral class M0 and has apparent magnitude +4.44. It is approximately 297 light years from Earth. It forms a wide optical binary with 8 Vulpeculae.

It has been analysed as a member of the Arcturus stream, a group of stars with high proper motion and metal-poor properties thought to be the remnants of a small galaxy consumed by the Milky Way.[1]

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  1. ^ Eggen, Olin (1971). "The Arcturus Group". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 83 (493): 271–85. Bibcode:1971PASP...83..271E. doi:10.1086/129120. 

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