16 Vulpeculae

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16 Vulpeculae
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Vulpecula
Right ascension 20h 02m 01.43152s[1]
Declination +24° 56′ 16.9534″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 5.787[2] 5.93 + 6.22[3]
Spectral type F2 III[4]
U−B color index +0.10[5]
B−V color index +0.37[5]
Radial velocity (Rv)−37.00±3.7[6] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: 89.31[1] mas/yr
Dec.: 69.44[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)14.71 ± 0.50[1] mas
Distance222 ± 8 ly
(68 ± 2 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)2.47[7]
Period (P)1201 yr
Semi-major axis (a)2.687″
Eccentricity (e)0.932
Inclination (i)79.0°
Longitude of the node (Ω)84.5°
Periastron epoch (T)B 1863.7
Argument of periastron (ω)
16 Vul A
Mass1.34[9] M
Luminosity31.13[10] L
Surface gravity (log g)3.76±0.14[9] cgs
Temperature6,888±234[9] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]0.17[11] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)136.1±6.8[7] km/s
Age742[9] Myr
Other designations
16 Vul, BD+24° 3977, HD 190004, HIP 98636, HR 7657, SAO 88098[12]
Database references

16 Vulpeculae is a binary star system in the northern constellation Vulpecula.[1] It has a combined apparent visual magnitude of 5.787,[2] which is near the lower limit of visibility to the naked eye. Based upon an annual parallax shift of 14.71±0.50[1] as seen from Earth's orbit, it is located about 222 light years away. The system is moving closer to the Sun with a heliocentric radial velocity of about −37 km/s.[6] It will make its closest approach in about 0.9 million years, coming within 155 light-years (47.42 pc).[10]

The pair orbit each other with an estimated period of 1,201 years and an orbital eccentricity of 0.932.[8] The magnitude 5.93 primary, component A, displays a stellar classification of F2III,[12] matching an aging F-type giant star. This star is spinning rapidly with a projected rotational velocity of 136 km/s.[7] This is giving the star an oblate shape with an equatorial bulge that is an estimated 21% larger than the polar radius.[13] It is 742[9] million years old with 1.34[9] times the mass of the Sun. The star is radiating 31[10] times the Sun's luminosity from its photosphere at an effective temperature of about 6,888 K.[9]


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  9. ^ a b c d e f g David, Trevor J.; Hillenbrand, Lynne A. (2015), "The Ages of Early-Type Stars: Strömgren Photometric Methods Calibrated, Validated, Tested, and Applied to Hosts and Prospective Hosts of Directly Imaged Exoplanets", The Astrophysical Journal, 804 (2): 146, arXiv:1501.03154Freely accessible, Bibcode:2015ApJ...804..146D, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/804/2/146. 
  10. ^ a b c Anderson, E.; Francis, Ch. (2012), "XHIP: An extended hipparcos compilation", Astronomy Letters, 38 (5): 331, arXiv:1108.4971Freely accessible, Bibcode:2012AstL...38..331A, doi:10.1134/S1063773712050015. 
  11. ^ Casagrande, L.; et al. (2011), "New constraints on the chemical evolution of the solar neighbourhood and Galactic disc(s). Improved astrophysical parameters for the Geneva-Copenhagen Survey", Astronomy & Astrophysics, 530 (A138): 21, arXiv:1103.4651Freely accessible, Bibcode:2011A&A...530A.138C, doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201016276. 
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  13. ^ Belle, G. T. (2012), "Interferometric observations of rapidly rotating stars", The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review, 20: 51, arXiv:1204.2572Freely accessible, Bibcode:2012A&ARv..20...51V, doi:10.1007/s00159-012-0051-2.