α Reticuli

Alpha Reticuli is a yellow giant with a radius of 21 times that of the Sun. It has a visual magnitude of 3.3, and a 12th magnitude dwarf companion.

The introductory remarks indicated how to find the stars of Reticulum.

In the same field as alpha is theta Reticuli, a blue giant as well as a telescopic binary (Rmk 3): 6.0, 7.7; 5º, 3.9".

One binocular field southwest brings in beta Reticuli and on the opposite edge of your glasses zeta2 and zeta1. Only 39.5 light years away, these two yellow-orange stars form a wide binary: 5.3, 5.6 (note zeta2 is the primary), PA 217º and separation 309.2".

These stars have become famous as the home base for a claimed alien visitation and abduction in September of 1961, by Barney and Betty Hill, in rural New Hampshire. This ‘Zeta Reticuli Incident’ has become part of the folklore for those who believe in alien abduction. In 2011 the state of New Hampshire erected a state historical marker to commemorate the spot and The University of New Hampshire has the entire collection of Betty Hill's tapes and notes concerning the incident.

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