Epsilon2 Arae

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Epsilon2 Arae
Diagram showing star positions and boundaries of the Ara constellation and its surroundings
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The location of ε2 Arae (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Ara
Right ascension  17h 03m 08.70964s[1]
Declination –53° 14′ 13.3020″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 5.29[2] (5.44/8.65)[3]
Spectral type F5 V Fe+0.5[4]
U−B color index +0.015[5]
B−V color index +0.48[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)+4.9[6] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +0.15[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −165.20[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)36.73 ± 0.63[1] mas
Distance89 ± 2 ly
(27.2 ± 0.5 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)3.27[7]
Surface gravity (log g)4.29[7] cgs
Temperature6,577[7] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]+0.02[7] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)45.4[8] km/s
Age1.9[6] Gyr
Other designations
CPD−53° 8316, GJ 3985, HD 153580, HIP 83431, HR 6314, SAO 244388.[5]
Database references

Epsilon2 Arae2 Arae, ε2 Ara) is the Bayer designation for a double star in the southern constellation of Ara, it is approximately 89 light-years (27 parsecs) distant from Earth. With an apparent visual magnitude of 5.3,[2] it is faintly visible to the naked eye.

The brighter star is a magnitude 5.44 F-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of F5 V Fe+0.5.[4] The Fe+0.5 notation indicates that it has a somewhat higher than normal abundance of iron. It has a magnitude 8.65 companion at an angular separation of 0.590 arcseconds.[3] It has a common proper motion white dwarf companion, WDS J17031-5314, with a magnitude of 13.47.[9]


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  2. ^ a b c Corben, P. M.; Stoy, R. H. (1968), "Photoelectric Magnitudes and Colours for Bright Southern Stars", Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, 27: 11, Bibcode:1968MNSSA..27...11C.
  3. ^ a b Eggleton, P. P.; Tokovinin, A. A. (September 2008), "A catalogue of multiplicity among bright stellar systems", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 389 (2): 869–879, arXiv:0806.2878, Bibcode:2008MNRAS.389..869E, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13596.x.
  4. ^ a b Gray, R. O.; et al. (July 2006), "Contributions to the Nearby Stars (NStars) Project: Spectroscopy of Stars Earlier than M0 within 40 parsecs: The Northern Sample I", The Astronomical Journal, 132 (1): 161–170, arXiv:astro-ph/0603770, Bibcode:2006AJ....132..161G, doi:10.1086/504637.
  5. ^ a b "* eps02 Ara". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  6. ^ a b Holmberg, J.; Nordström, B.; Andersen, J. (July 2009), "The Geneva-Copenhagen survey of the solar neighbourhood. III. Improved distances, ages, and kinematics", Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series, 501 (3): 941–947, arXiv:0811.3982, Bibcode:2009A&A...501..941H, doi:10.1051/0004-6361/200811191.
  7. ^ a b c d Balachandran, Suchitra (May 1, 1990), "Lithium depletion and rotation in main-sequence stars", Astrophysical Journal, Part 1, 354: 310–332, Bibcode:1990ApJ...354..310B, doi:10.1086/168691.
  8. ^ Schröder, C.; Reiners, A.; Schmitt, J. H. M. M. (January 2009), "Ca II HK emission in rapidly rotating stars. Evidence for an onset of the solar-type dynamo" (PDF), Astronomy and Astrophysics, 493 (3): 1099–1107, Bibcode:2009A&A...493.1099S, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:200810377.
  9. ^ "GJ 2125 -- White Dwarf", SIMBAD Astronomical Database, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2010-07-28.

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