Nu Tauri


Nu Tauri
Taurus constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of ν Tauri (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Taurus
Right ascension 04h 03m 09.37966s[1]
Declination +05° 59′ 21.4792″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 3.91[2]
Evolutionary stage main sequence[3]
Spectral type A0.5Va[4]
U−B color index +0.06[5]
B−V color index +0.03[5]
Radial velocity (Rv)−5.7±0.9[6] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +4.72[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −3.78[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)27.89 ± 0.19[1] mas
Distance116.9 ± 0.8 ly
(35.9 ± 0.2 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)1.14[2]
Mass2.25±0.01[3] M
[7] R
Luminosity28.1±0.4[7] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.02[8] cgs
[7] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]−0.19±0.08[9] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)83[3] km/s
Age206[8] Myr
Other designations
ν Ser, 38 Tauri, BD+05°581, FK5 151, GC 4862, HD 25490, HIP 18907, HR 1251, SAO 111579, WDS J04032+0559A, GSC 00079-01585[10]
Database references

ν Tauri, Latinized as Nu Tauri, is a single[11] star in the zodiac constellation of Taurus. It is a white-hued star and is visible to the naked eye with an apparent visual magnitude of +3.91.[2] This object is located 117 light years from the Sun based on parallax,[1] but is drifting closer with a radial velocity of −6 km/s.[6] It is predicted to come to within roughly 18.4 ly of the Sun in around five million years.[12]

This object is an A-type main-sequence star with a stellar classification of A0.5Va.[4] It is 206[8] million years old and is rotating with a projected rotational velocity of 83 km/s.[3] The star has 2.25[3] times the mass of the Sun and 2.87[7] times the Sun's radius. It is radiating 28 times the luminosity of the Sun from its photosphere at an effective temperature of 7,836 K.[7]

Nu Tauri has a magnitude 9.21 visual companion at an angular separation 15.9.[13]


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  6. ^ a b Wilson, R. E. (1953). "General Catalogue of Stellar Radial Velocities". Carnegie Institute Washington D.C. Publication. Carnegie Institution for Science. Bibcode:1953GCRV..C......0W. LCCN 54001336.
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  8. ^ a b c 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:1501.03154. Bibcode:2015ApJ...804..146D. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/804/2/146. S2CID 33401607. Vizier catalog entry
  9. ^ Gáspár, András; et al. (2016). "The Correlation between Metallicity and Debris Disk Mass". The Astrophysical Journal. 826 (2): 171. arXiv:1604.07403. Bibcode:2016ApJ...826..171G. doi:10.3847/0004-637x/826/2/171. S2CID 119241004.
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  11. ^ 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. S2CID 14878976.
  12. ^ Bailer-Jones, C. A. L. (March 2015). "Close encounters of the stellar kind". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 575: 13. arXiv:1412.3648. Bibcode:2015A&A...575A..35B. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201425221. S2CID 59039482. A35.
  13. ^ Mason, Brian D.; et al. (2001). "The 2001 US Naval Observatory Double Star CD-ROM. I. The Washington Double Star Catalog". The Astronomical Journal. 122 (6): 3466. Bibcode:2001AJ....122.3466M. doi:10.1086/323920. Vizier catalog entry