Mirach Beta Andromedae

Stellar classification

M

Coordinates

  • X -139
  • Y -89
  • Z -108
→ Sol: 197

Object type

  • High proper-motion Star
  • Star
  • Double or multiple star
  • Infra-Red source
  • UV-emission source
  • Variable Star
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Wiki

Beta Andromedae (β Andromedae, abbreviated Beta And, β And), also named Mirach, is a prominent star in the northern constellation of Andromeda. It is located northeast of the Great Square of Pegasus and is theoretically visible to all observers north of 54° S. It is commonly used by stargazers to find the Andromeda Galaxy. The galaxy NGC 404, also known as Mirach's Ghost, is visible seven arc-minutes away.

This star has an average apparent visual magnitude of 2.05, which makes it the brightest star in the constellation. However, the luminosity varies slightly from magnitude +2.01 to +2.10. Based upon parallax measurements, it is located at a distance of roughly 197 light-years (60 parsecs) from the Sun. The apparent magnitude of this star is reduced by 0.06 from extinction caused by the gas and dust along the line of sight.

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