β Hydrae

Beta Hydrae, in the same field of vision of xi Hydrae, isn't—as one might think—the second brightest star in Hydra. In fact over a dozen stars in Hydra are brighter.

Beta Hydra is a very close binary (h 4478): 4.7, 5.5; 37º, 0.7".

Two other binaries are in this field, h4455 and h4465:
      h4455AB: 6.0, 7.8; 241º, 3.4".
      h4465AC: 5.4, 8.3; 43º, 67.2".

Beta Hydrae marks the southern-most point of the Hydra; from this point it rises to the northeast to gamma. Midway between beta and gamma Hydrae is the fine globular cluster M68. Click on M68 to continue.

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