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Right ascension:22h46m36.75s
Apparent magnitude:8.956
Distance:43.535 parsecs
Proper motion RA:-52.7
Proper motion Dec:-60.8
B-T magnitude:10.172
V-T magnitude:9.057

Catalogs and designations:
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HD 1989HD 215497
TYCHO-2 2000TYC 8826-247-1
USNO-A2.0USNO-A2 0300-37758745
HIPHIP 112441

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