Menkalinan

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Menkalinan

() See Auriga.
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His assistant, Antonia Caetana Maury (1866-1952), worked out the period of this spectroscopic binary--104 days--and then went on to discover a second such star, Beta Aurigae, with a period of 4 days.
They're closely followed by 1.6-magnitude Castor and Elnath (Beta Tauri), plus 1.9-magnitude Beta Aurigae (Menaklinan) and Gamma Geminorum (Alhena).
It passes zero-magnitude Capella on the 21st, and it's very low by the 24th, when it passes 2nd-magnitude Beta Aurigae. By now Comet McNaught may be as bright as 6th magnitude, but moonlight is returning.
It appeared to radiate from a spot near the star Beta Aurigae, not far from Capella.