α Indi

Alpha Indi is an orange giant, the brightest star in this Southern Hemisphere constellation of third- and fourth-magnitude stars.

Alpha Indi is found ten degrees (two binocular fields) north-northeast of alpha Pavonis, the brightest star in this region of the southern skies: binoculars.


Beta Indi is in the same vicinity of alpha Pavonis: binoculars. This is an orange giant 600 light years away.

Northeast a little over one binocular field is theta (h5258): 4.5, 6.9; 268, 7.3".

One binocular field southeast brings us to delta Indi, a binary whose close companion has an orbit of 12 years: 4.8, 5.9; 290, 0.1".

Delta's neighbour here, epsilon Indi, is one of the closest stars at 11.82 light years; only five stars are closer.
     An orange dwarf, it has two companions, two brown dwarfs which orbit each other every 15 years.
     Epsilon has such a high proper motion, over 4.7 arc seconds per year, that in several thousand years it will have moved over to Tucana.

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