Eta Sagittae

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η Sagittae
Sagitta constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of η Sagittae (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Sagitta
Right ascension 20h 05m 09.49303s[1]
Declination +19° 59′ 27.8575″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +5.09[2]
Spectral type K2 III[3]
U−B color index +0.98[2]
B−V color index +1.06[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) −40.61[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +29.63[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +79.94[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 20.34 ± 0.39[1] mas
Distance 160 ± 3 ly
(49.2 ± 0.9 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) 1.61[5]
Mass 1.73±0.09 M
Radius 7.08±0.21 R
Luminosity 26 L
Surface gravity (log g) 3.03±0.10 cgs
Temperature 4,784±3.03 K
Metallicity [Fe/H] +0.10 dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 1.3[5] km/s
Age 1.69±0.25 Gyr
Other designations
η Sge, 16 Sge, BD+19° 4277, FK5 3609, GC 27868, HD 190608, HIP 98920, HR 7679, SAO 105659, PPM 137588[7]
Database references

Eta Sagittae (η Sagittae) is solitary[8] star in the northern constellation of Sagitta. It is faintly visible to the naked eye, having an apparent visual magnitude of +5.09.[2] Based upon an annual parallax shift of 20.34 mas,[1] it is approximately 160 light years distant from the Sun. There is a 61.1% chance that it is a member of the Hyades-Pleiades stream of stars that share a common motion through space.[9]

This is an evolved K-type giant star with a stellar classification of K2 III.[3] At the age of about 1.7 billion years,[6] it is now a red clump star that is generating energy through the fusion of helium at its core.[10] Eta Sagittae has 1.7 times the mass of the Sun and has expanded to seven times the Sun's radius. It is radiating 25.7 times the Sun's luminosity from its photosphere at an effective temperature of 4,784 K.[6]


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  8. ^ 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:0806.2878Freely accessible, Bibcode:2008MNRAS.389..869E, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13596.x. 
  9. ^ Famaey, B.; et al. (January 2005), "Local kinematics of K and M giants from CORAVEL/Hipparcos/Tycho-2 data. Revisiting the concept of superclusters", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 430: 165–186, arXiv:astro-ph/0409579Freely accessible, Bibcode:2005A&A...430..165F, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20041272. 
  10. ^ Alves, David R. (August 2000), "K-Band Calibration of the Red Clump Luminosity", The Astrophysical Journal, 539 (2): 732–741, arXiv:astro-ph/0003329Freely accessible, Bibcode:2000ApJ...539..732A, doi:10.1086/309278.