Epoch J2000.0 Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
|Right ascension||05h 07m 50.98549s|
|Declination||−05° 05′ 11.2055″|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||2.796|
|Spectral type||A3 III var|
|U−B color index||+0.124|
|B−V color index||+0.110|
|R−I color index||+0.08|
|Radial velocity (Rv)||–3.6 km/s|
|Proper motion (μ)||RA: -82.82 mas/yr
Dec.: -75.39 mas/yr
|Parallax (π)||36.50 ± 0.42 mas|
|Distance||89 ± 1 ly
(27.4 ± 0.3 pc)
|Surface gravity (log g)||3.58|
|Metallicity [Fe/H]||–0.4 dex|
|Rotational velocity (v sin i)||196 km/s|
Beta Eridani (Beta Eri, β Eridani, β Eri) is the second brightest star in the constellation of Eridanus, located in the northeast end of this constellation near the shared border with Orion. It has the traditional names Cursa. The apparent visual magnitude of this star is 2.796, so it can be viewed with the naked eye in dark skies. Parallax measurements yield an estimated distance of about 89 light-years (27 parsecs) from the Earth.
β Eridani has a spectral type of A3 III, with the III luminosity class indicating this is a giant star that has consumed the hydrogen at its core and evolved away from the main sequence. The effective temperature of the outer envelope is about 8,104 K, which gives the star a white hue typical of A-type stars. The projected rotational velocity is a rapid 196 km s–1, compared to 2 km s–1 along the Sun's equator. The star is known to vary in apparent visual magnitude, ranging between 2.72 and 2.80. A particularly strong flare up was reported in 1985.
The location and trajectory of this star suggest that it is a member of the Ursa Major supergroup, an association of stars that share a common origin and motion though space. However, its photometric properties indicate that it may instead be an interloper. Beta Eridani has an optical companion star with an apparent magnitude 10.90 at an angular separation of 120 arcseconds and a position angle of 148°. It has the catalogue identifier CCDM J05079-0506B.
According to the catalogue of stars in the Technical Memorandum 33-507 - A Reduced Star Catalog Containing 537 Named Stars, Al Kursiyy al Jauzah were the title for three stars :β Eri as Cursa, ψ Eridani as Al Kursiyy al Jauzah I and λ Eridani as Al Kursiyy al Jauzah II (exclude τ Orionis)
In Chinese, 玉井 (Yù Jǐng), meaning Jade Well, refers to an asterism consisting of β Eridani, λ Eridani, ψ Eridani and τ Orionis. Consequently, β Eridani itself is known as 玉井三 (Yù Jǐng sān, English: the Third Star of Jade Well.). From this Chinese name, the name Yuh Tsing was appeared.
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