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Alpha Gruis (α Gru / α Gruis) is the brighest star in the constellation Grus. It also has the traditional name Al Na'ir (also known as Al Nair or Alnair, from the Arabic meaning "the light" or "the bright one"). Confusingly, Alnair is also a name for Zeta Centauri. Jump to: navigation, search The Pleiades star cluster A star is a massive body of plasma in outer space that is currently producing or has produced energy through nuclear fusion. ... Jump to: navigation, search Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe (but not always the whole year long). ... Categories: Astronomy stubs | Modern constellations | Constellations ... Jump to: navigation, search Arabic (Arabic: العربية; transliterated: al-carabiyyah, less formally, عربي transliterated: carabÄ«) is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic. ...

It is 101 light years from Earth, and has an apparent magnitude of +1.73, and belongs to the spectral classification B7. A light year, abbreviated ly, is the distance light travels in one year: roughly 9. ... The apparent magnitude (m) of a star, planet or other heavenly body is a measure of its apparent brightness; that is, the amount of light received from the object. ... In astronomy, stellar classification is a classification of stars based initially on photospheric temperature and its associated spectral characteristics, and subsequenly refined in terms of other characteristics. ...

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