Alpha Centauri in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur)

This chart shows most of the stars visible with the unaided eye on a clear night. The star Alpha Centauri is one of the brightest stars in the southern sky (marked with a red circle). It lies just 4.3 light-years from the Earth and one component in a triple star system.


ESO, IAU and Sky & Telescope

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Release date:16 October 2012, 23:50
Related releases:eso1241
Size:3338 x 3182 px

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