Alphard

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Alphard

(al -fard) (α Hya) An orange giant that is the brightest star in the constellation Hydra and lies in a part of the sky where there are few other stars of comparable brightness. mv : 2.05; spectral type: K4 III; distance: 35 pc.

Alphard

(language)
(Named after the brightest star in Hydra) A Pascal-like language developed by Wulf, Shaw and London of CMU in 1974. Alphard supports data abstraction using the 'form', which combines a specification and an implementation.

["Abstraction and Verification in Alphard: Defining and Specifying Iteration and Generators", Mary Shaw, CACM 20(8):553-563, Aug 1977].
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Star hop from 7 Sextantis, which lies almost halfway between Alpha Leonis and Alpha Hydrae.
The star Alphard, also known as alpha Hydrae, could easily seen as a yellow-white diamond hanging on her slender neck (remember she is a woman).
About 10 minutes into the observation, a sprite 15 [degrees] in length flashed into view near Alpha Hydrae.
Sweeping through Hydra, he spotted an 8th-magnitude tailless glow west of Alpha Hydrae at around 4:15 that morning.
Sweeping through Hydra with a 6-inch scope, he picked up an 8th-magnitude tailless glow west of Alpha Hydrae.