- Alpha Cancri
dist_ly=174 ± 9
dist_pc=53 ± 3
names=Acubens, Sertan, Sartan, 65 Cancri, HR 3572, HD 76756, BD+12°1948, FK5 337, HIP 44066, SAO 98267, GC 12406, ADS 7115, CCDM 08585+1151
Alpha Cancri (α Cnc / α Cancri) is a
star systemin the constellationCancer. It also has the traditional name Acubens, derived from an Arabic word that means "the claw", as in the claw of Cancer (e.g. the Crab). It is approximately 174 light years from Earth.
Since it is near the
ecliptic, it can be occulted by the Moonand very rarely by planets. From studying its light curve during occultation, it is thought that α Cancri A may itself be a close binary, consisting of two stars with similar brightness and a separation of 0.1 arcseconds.
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