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Rigel
Beta Orionis, 19 Orionis
Proper Names
  Rigel
Bayer Designation
  Beta Orionis
Flamsteed Number
  19 Orionis
BSC
  1713
HD
  34085
Constellation
  Orion
Right Ascension
  5h 14m 32s
Declination
  -8° 12' 6"
Distance
  773 light years
  237 parsecs
Magnitude
  Apparent: +0.2
  Absolute: -6.7
Spectral Class
  B8 Blue Supergiant
Optimum Visibility
  December
The pulsating blue supergiant Rigel has a diameter of about 100 million kilometres, some seventy times that of the Sun. In the far distance a double blue star is visible - Rigel's much less luminous companions.
A blue supergiant star that remains very bright despite lying almost 800 light years away. At a distance of 10pc, it would be much brighter than Venus.
http://www.janis.or.jp/users/kitahara/sww/rigel-z.jpg
Rigel star
Sunrise in the Rigel system.
Under a blue sun, swims a golden sea