Xi Serpentis

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Xi Serpentis (ξ Ser, ξ Serpentis) is a triple star system in the constellation Serpens. The primary star, Xi Serpentis A, is a yellow-white F-type giant with an apparent magnitude of +3.54. It is a spectroscopic binary with an orbital period of 2.29 days. A 13th magnitude companion, Xi Serpentis B, is located 25 arcseconds from the primary pair. Xi Serpentis is approximately 105 light years from Earth.

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In Chinese, (), meaning Left Wall of Heavenly Market Enclosure, refers to an asterism which is represent eleven old states (and region) in China which is marking the left borderline of the enclosure, consisting of ξ Serpentis, δ Herculis, λ Herculis, μ Herculis, ο Herculis, 112 Herculis, ζ Aquilae, η Serpentis, θ<sup>1</sup> Serpentis, ν Ophiuchi and η Ophiuchi 中國星座神話, written by 陳久金. Published by 台灣書房出版有限公司, 2005, ISBN 978-986-7332-25-7.. Consequently, ξ Serpentis itself is known as (, ), represent the region of Nanhai (南海, lit. meaning southern sea), possibly South China Sea.

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