α Antliae


Alpha Antliae is an orange giant 365 light years away; the brightest star in the constellation at 4.3 visual magnitude.

The star is fairly south (-31) so may not raise terribly high above the horizon if you live in the northern hemisphere.

If you studied Hydra, and dropped down from mu Hydrae, you should have found alpha Antliae.

The best object in the constellation is three binocular fields west of alpha Antliae - the optical binary zeta1 and zeta2, a fine object in binoculars: 5.2 and 5.9 magnitude respectively: zeta.

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