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Procyon B, Alpha Canis Minoris B

Primary Facts on Procyon B

  • Procyon B's star type is dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Canis Minor. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Procyon B is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (DQZ) of the star, the star's colour is white.
  • Alpha Canis Minoris B is the Bayer name for the star. It was assigned this name by Johann Bayer in 1603. The closer to the start of the Greek Alphabet the name, the brighter the star is. Alpha stars tend to be the brightest in the constellation. A notable exception is Pollux (Beta Geminorum) which is the brighest star in the Gemini constellation.

Procyon B's Alternative Names

(Alpha Canis Minoris B) is the Bayer Classification for the star.

More details on star alternative names can be found at Star Names .

Physical Properties (Colour) of Procyon B

Procyon B has a spectral type of DQZ. This means the star is a white dwarf star. Procyon B lies at a distance of 11.41 light years away from our Sun and our planet Earth or to put it another way, 3.50 parsecs away from the Sun.

Procyon B Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Magnitude, whether it be apparent/visual or absolute magnitude is measured by a number, the smaller the number, the brighter the Star is. Our own Sun is the brightest star and therefore has the lowest of all magnitudes, -26.74. A faint star will have a high number.

Distance to Procyon B

Procyon B is an estimated 11.41 light years from our Solar System (Earth and Sun). It would take a spaceship 11.41 years travelling at the speed of light to get there. We don't have a space ship that can travel that distance or at that speed yet.

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Additional Procyon B Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameProcyon B
Alternative NamesAlpha Canis Minoris B
Spectral TypeDQZ
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeDwarf Star
Colour white
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanis Minor
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 39m 18.54
Distance from the Sun / Earth11.41 Light Years
Associated / Clustered StarsProcyon

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts

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AndrewWednesday, 7th March 2018 8:47:51 PM
.What is the life span of Procyon b
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