Xi Sagittarii

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The Bayer designation Xi Sagittarii (ξ Sgr, ξ Sagittarii) is shared by two stars, ξ¹ Sagittarii and ξ² Sagittarii, in the constellation Sagittarius, separated by 0.46° in the sky. Because they are close to the ecliptic, they can be occulted by the Moon and, very rarely, by planets. The last occultation of ξ² Sagittarii by a planet took place on 22 December 1810, when it was occulted by Venus.

ξ¹ Sagittarii

Xi-1 Sagittarii is a spectral type B9.5 supergiant which has an apparent magnitude of +5.08. It is at least 2300 light years from Earth.

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ξ² Sagittarii

Xi-2 Sagittarii is a spectral type G8 or K0 giant which has an apparent magnitude of +3.52. It is 372 light years from Earth.



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