Cayrel's Star

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BPS CS31082-0001
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Cetus
Right ascension 01h 29m 30.31s
Declination -16° 08' 5.51"
Apparent magnitude (V) 11.7
Other designations
BD -16°251, CS31082-001

BPS CS31082-0001, named Cayrel's Star,[1] is an old Population II star located in a distance of 4 kpc in the Galactic Halo. It belongs to the class of ultra-metal-poor stars (metallicity [Fe/H] = -2.9), specifically the very rare subclass of neutron-capture enhanced stars. It was discovered by Tim C. Beers and collaborators with the Curtis Schmidt telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile and analyzed by Roger Cayrel and collaborators. They used the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the European Southern Observatory in Paranal, Chile for high-resolution optical spectroscopy to determine elemental abundances. The thorium-232 to uranium-238 ratio was used to determine the age. It is estimated to be about 12.5 billion years old, making it one of the oldest known.

Compared to other ultra-metal-poor, r-process enriched stars (as CS22892-052, BD +17° 3248, HE 1523-0901) CS31082-001 has higher abundances of the actinides (Th, U), but a surprisingly low Pb abundance.

See also[edit]

Ultra low metallicity / ultra metal poor stars


References[edit]

  • Beers, T. C., G. W. Preston and S. A. Shectman, A search for stars of very low metal abundance. I., Astron. J., 90, 2089-2102 (1985)
  • Beers, T. C., G. W. Preston and S. A. Shectman, A search for stars of very low metal abundance. II., Astron. J., 103, 1987-2034 (1992)
  • Cayrel, R., et al. Measurement of stellar age from uranium decay, Nature, Volume 409, Issue 6821, pp. 691–692 (2001)
  • Schatz, H., al. Thorium and Uranium Chronometres applied to CS 31082-001, Astrophysical Journal, 579 (2002) 628 - 638

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