Menkent (Theta Centauri)

Menkent (Theta Centauri) is an orange giant K star that is the third brightest star in the constellation Centaurus. Its Arabic name means "the Shoulder of the Centaur."


visual magnitude 2.06
absolute magnitude 0.70
spectral type K0IIIb
surface temperature 4,500 K
luminosity 45 Lsun
radius 16 Rsun
mass 4 Msun
distance 61 light-years
position R.A. 14h 06m 41s;
Dec. -36° 22' 12"