Alpha Indi

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α Indi
Diagram showing star positions and boundaries of the Indus constellation and its surroundings
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Location of α Indus (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Indus
Right ascension 20h 37m 34.03201s[1]
Declination –47° 17′ 29.4026″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 3.11[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) −1.3[3] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +49.24[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +66.53[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 33.17 ± 0.18[1] mas
Distance 98.3 ± 0.5 ly
(30.1 ± 0.2 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) 0.65[4]
Spectral type K0 III–IV[5]
U−B color index +0.79[2]
B−V color index +1.00[2]
Mass 2.0[4] M
Radius 12[6] R
Surface gravity (log g) 3.00[7] cgs
Temperature 4,893[7] K
Metallicity [Fe/H] +0.03[7] dex
Age 1[4] Gyr
Other designations
HD 196171, HR 7869, SAO 230300, FK5 769, CD −47 13477, HIP 101772.[8]
Database references

Alpha Indi (α Ind, α Indi) is a third magnitude giant star in the constellation Indus, located about 98 light years from the Earth.[1] The stellar classification of this star is K0 III-IV,[5] so it has exhausted the hydrogen at its core and evolved away from the main sequence. It has about double the mass of the Sun and is an estimated billion years old.[4] As a giant star it has expanded to about 12 times the radius of the Sun.[6] The effective temperature of the photosphere is 4,893 K,[7] giving it the characteristic orange hue of a K-type star.[9] It may have two nearby M-type companion stars, which are located at least 2,000 Astronomical Units from the primary.[10]

In China, this star is called Pe Sze where it also was known as the Persian, a title from the Jesuit missionaries.[11] The term Pe Sze is from the name of asterism 波斯 (Bō Sī, English: Persia). In Chinese astronomy, consequently, α Indi itself is known as 波斯二 (Bō Sī èr, English: the Second Star of Persia)[12]


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  8. ^ "alf Ind -- Star in double system", SIMBAD (Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg), retrieved 2011-12-12 
  9. ^ "The Colour of Stars", Australia Telescope, Outreach and Education (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), December 21, 2004, retrieved 2012-01-16 
  10. ^ Kaler, James B., "THE PERSIAN (Alpha Indi)", Stars (University of Illinois), retrieved 2011-12-23 
  11. ^ Star Name - R.H.Allen p. 246
  12. ^ (Chinese) AEEA (Activities of Exhibition and Education in Astronomy) 天文教育資訊網 2006 年 7 月 30 日)