Theta Leporis

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Theta Leporis
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Lepus
Right ascension 06h 06m 09.32339s[1]
Declination −14° 56′ 06.9188″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.67[2]
Spectral type A0 V[3]
U−B color index +0.00[2]
B−V color index +0.05[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)+32.0[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: -17.61[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +12.79[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)18.88 ± 0.54[1] mas
Distance173 ± 5 ly
(53 ± 2 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)+1.05[5]
Mass2.35±0.03[6] M
Luminosity41[6] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.12[7] cgs
Temperature10,453±355[7] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i)246[7] km/s
Age207[7] Myr
Other designations
θ Lep, 18 Lep, BD−14° 1331, FK5 2466, GC 7742, HD 41695, HIP 28910, HR 2155, SAO 151110[8]
Database references

Theta Leporis, Latinized from θ Leporis, is a solitary,[9] white-hued star in the southern constellation of Lepus. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 4.67,[2] making it bright enough to be viewed with the naked eye. Based upon an annual parallax shift of 18.88 mas as measured from Earth,[1] the system is located roughly 173 light years from the Sun. The star made its closest approach about 1.6 million years ago when it came within 29 ly (9.0 pc) of the Sun.[10]

This is an ordinary A-type main-sequence star with a stellar classification of A0 V[3] and an age of about 207 million years.[7] It is rotating rapidly with a projected rotational velocity of 207 km/s.[7] This is giving the star an oblate shape with an equatorial bulge that is an estimated 10% larger than the polar radius.[11] It has an estimated 2.35[6] times the mass of the Sun and is radiating 41[6] times the Sun's luminosity from its photosphere at an effective temperature of around 10,453 K.[7]


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  9. ^ 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. 
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