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Chara is also known as Beta Canum Venaticorum, Asterion, HR 4785, Gl 475, and HD 109358. Together with Cor Caroli, it forms the "Southern Dog" portion of the Hunting Dogs constellation. Its name Chara (Greek for "joy") used to apply to both stars, but is now only applied to this one. Nearby yellow dwarf star and Solar analog. It is slightly older than the Sun and rotates at a similar speed as the Sun. X-Rays have been detected, as would be expected. It was named in 2003 to be the most likely sun-like star old enough to produce a radio-wave producing civilization. An unconfirmed spectroscopic companion star with a 2,430 day period has been claimed.

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