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Y Canum Venticorum, also known as La Superba, is a bright carbon star located in the Canes Venatici constellation.
La Superba is the striking red star in the center of the image. This is one of the reddest and brightest of all known carbon stars. Y Canum Venaticorum is bright enough to be spotted with the naked eye, but is best appreciated when viewed through binoculars or a telescope.
The SIMBAD database lists Y CVn has having the spectral type C-N5. It's distance to us is estimated at 231.9378 parsecs (756.479927 light years).
This is a J-Type star which means it has an unusual chemical composition as compared to most other carbon stars. The composition of J-Type stars feature an abundance of carbon-13 and lithium. Fifteen percent of all carbon stars are thought to be J-Types.