Achernar, a blue-white star in the constellation Eridanus. Achernar has an apparent magnitude of 0.5, making it one of the brightest stars in the nighttime sky. It is visible only from locations south of about 32 North latitude. The star has an absolute magnitude of -2.3 and is approximately 118 light-years from the earth.
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