Daily cosmobite: Beta Centauri

26_Pointer stars_Alpha Cen lower of two_15 May 2010_Nick LombThis star is one of the two pointers to the Southern Cross, the one closest to the cross in the sky. Also called Hadar, it is made up of three individual stars. There are two hot and massive stars that circle each other in just less than one year while the third takes over 200 years to go around the close pair.

The two pointer stars with Beta Centauri the top one of the two. Photo Nick Lomb


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