Alpha Arae

Stellar classification



  • X 86
  • Y -44
  • Z 249
→ Sol: 267

Object type

  • Be Star
  • Star
  • Double or multiple star
  • Emission-line Star
  • Eruptive variable Star
  • Infra-Red source
  • UV-emission source
  • Variable Star
  • X-ray source
simbad:* alf Ara


Alpha Arae, Latinized from α Arae, is the second brightest star in the southern constellation of Ara. With an average apparent visual magnitude 2.93, it is readily visible to the naked eye from the southern hemisphere. This star is close enough to the Earth that its distance can be estimated using parallax data collected during the Hipparcos mission. It is around 270 light-years (83 parsecs) away, with a 7% margin of error. The visual magnitude of the star is diminished by 0.10 magnitudes as a result of extinction from intervening gas and dust.

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