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ζ Canis Majoris
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Canis Major
Right ascension 06h20m18.8s
Declination −30°03′48″
Apparent magnitude (V) +3.02
Distance 336 ± 20 ly
(103 ± 6 pc)
Spectral type B2.5V
Other designations
Furud, Phurud, ζ CMa, 1 CMa, HR 2282, HD 44402, CD-30°3038, FK5 240, HIP 30122, SAO 196698, GC 8170, CCDM 06203-3003

Zeta Canis Majoris (ζ CMa / ζ Canis Majoris) is a spectroscopic binary in the constellation Canis Major. It has the traditional name Furud or Phurud, from the Arabic فرد al-furud meaning the solitary ones. ζ Canis Majoris is approximately 336 light years from Earth.

The primary component, ζ Canis Majoris A, is a blue-white B-type main sequence dwarf with an apparent magnitude of +3.02. It has an unseen companion, ζ Canis Majoris B. The two stars orbit around their common centre of mass once every 675 days.


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