Alphard (Alpha Hydrae)
The brightest star in the constellation Hydra,
made more noticeable by being in a fairly barren region of sky to the southwest
of Regulus. Its Arabic name means "the
|Map © 2003 Torsten Bronger
Alphard is an orange giant and mild barium
star with a companion that, before it became a white
dwarf, contaminated its partner with the byproducts of nuclear fusion
that had been dredged to its surface.
||177 light-years (54 pc)
||R.A. 09h 27m 35.2s,
Dec. -08° 39' 31"
||Alfard, Alphart, Kalbelaphard,
Cor Hydrae, 30 Hydrae,
HR 3748, BD -08°2680, HD 81797,
SAO 136871, FK5 354, HIP 46390