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Beta Hydri

This star, which is relatively close to the southern celestial pole, starts to expand to become a red giant.
There is some evidence that it could have planets. A planet in the life zone would heat up very much, whereas long frozen outer planets could defrost now.

Constellation: Hydrus
Age: 6.7 billion years
Distance: 24.38 light-years
Spectral class: G2
Visual magnitude: 2.82
Luminosity: 3.624 * Sun
Mass: 1.1 * Sun
Diameter: 1.66 * Sun
Radial velocity: 22.9 km/sec

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    Beta Hydri
An ice planet defrosts.
Artist: Tomislav Stimac, Digital Eye

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