β Doradus

Beta Doradus is the second brightest star in this constellation, to the southeast of alpha a bit more than one binocular field.

When you reach beta, you'll find that the Large Magellanic Cloud has just crept into your field of view: binoculars.

Beta Doradus is a bright Cepheid, changing its magnitude from aboug 3.3 to 4.7 every 9.8 days. The star's colour goes from a creamy-white to a golden colour as it reaches its minimum brightness. The star is about a thousand light years away.

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