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Right ascension:18h11m43.40s
Apparent magnitude:4.98
Distance:74.906 parsecs
Proper motion RA:10.7
Proper motion Dec:-27.8
B-T magnitude:6.314
V-T magnitude:5.081

Catalogs and designations:
Proper Names
Flamsteed11 Sgr
HD 1989HD 166464
TYCHO-2 2000TYC 6843-1347-1
USNO-A2.0USNO-A2 0600-31034689
BSC 1991HR 6801
HIPHIP 89153

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