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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"

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