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Al·pha Cen·tau·ri

 (ăl′fə sĕn-tôr′ē)
n.
A multiple star in Centaurus, 4.4 light years from Earth, whose three components form the brightest object in the constellation and the third brightest star in the night sky.

Al′pha Centau′ri


n.
a triple-star system that is the brightest celestial object in the constellation Centaurus.
[< New Latin: Alpha of Centaurus]

Al·pha Cen·tau·ri

(ăl′fə sĕn-tôr′ē)
A multiple star consisting of three stars in the constellation Centaurus. It is the star nearest Earth, at a distance of 4.4 light-years, and it is the third brightest star in the night sky. ♦ Prox·i·ma Centauri (prŏk′sə-mə) is the individual star in this system that is closest to Earth, but it is very faint and far from the system's center of mass.
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Noun1.Alpha Centauri - brightest star in Centaurus; second nearest star to the sun
Centaurus, Centaur - a conspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere near the Southern Cross
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On hearing from Johnson, he set about observing a Alpha Cen more intensively, using a transit telescope to measure Right Ascension and a mural circle to measure declination.
Alpha Cen is in fact a binary [when we speak of its proper motion and parallax we are actually referring to the centre of gravity of the system] and each of its components, a G2 and a K1 dwarf, somewhat resembles our Sun, a G2 dwarf.