Eta Leporis

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η Leporis
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Lepus
Right ascension 05h 56m 24.29300s[1]
Declination −14° 10′ 03.7189″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 3.72[2]
Spectral type F2 V[3]
U−B color index +0.01[2]
B−V color index +0.33[2]
R−I color index +0.16[4]
Radial velocity (Rv)−1.6±0.2[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −42.06[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +139.26[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)67.21 ± 0.25[1] mas
Distance48.5 ± 0.2 ly
(14.88 ± 0.06 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)+2.85[6]
Mass1.42[5] M
Radius1.52[7] R
Luminosity6.03[6] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.13[5] cgs
Temperature6,899±80[5] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]−0.19[5] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)26[8] km/s
Age1.80[5] Gyr
Other designations
η Lep, 16 Leporis, BD−14° 1286, FK5 226, GC 7492, GJ 225, HD 40136, HIP 28103, HR 2085, SAO 150957, PPM 216474[9]
Database references

Eta Leporis, Latinized from η Leporis, is a single,[10] yellow-white hued star in the southern constellation of Lepus, the hare. It is visible to the naked eye with an apparent visual magnitude of approximately 3.72.[2] The annual parallax shift of 67.21 mas yields a distance estimate of 49 light years. It is moving closer to the Sun with a radial velocity of −1.6 km/s.[5]

This is an ordinary F-type main-sequence star with a stellar classification of F2 V.[3] It is about 1.8[5] billion years old and spinning with a projected rotational velocity of 26 km/s.[8] The star has 1.4[5] times the mass of the Sun and 1.5[7] times the Sun's radius. It shines with six[6] times the Sun's luminosity, which is being radiated from its photosphere at an effective temperature of around 6,899 K.[5] Using the IRS instrument on the Spitzer Space Telescope, excess infrared emission has been observed from the star, which can be modeled by a dust disk extending from 1 to 16 astronomical units from Eta Leporis.[11]


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