Epoch J2000.0 Equinox J2000.0
|Right ascension||8h 46m 46.51223s|
|Declination||+06° 25′ 07.6855″|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||AB: 3.38
|Spectral type||AB: G5 III + F0 V
|U−B color index||+0.37|
|B−V color index||+0.68|
|Radial velocity (Rv)||+36.4 km/s|
|Proper motion (μ)||RA: −228.11 mas/yr
Dec.: −43.82 mas/yr
|Parallax (π)||25.23 ± 0.98 mas|
|Distance||129 ± 5 ly
(40 ± 2 pc)
|Primary||ε Hya A|
|Companion||ε Hya B|
|Period (P)||5,478.98 ± 93.19 days|
|Semi-major axis (a)||0.226"|
|Eccentricity (e)||0.652 ± 0.020|
|Periastron epoch (T)||2437060.85 ± 63.86|
|Argument of periastron (ω)
|74.66 ± 0.21°|
|8.05 ± 0.14 km/s|
|ε Hya A|
|Rotational velocity (v sin i)||19 km/s|
It is a multiple star system having at least four stellar components. The pair ε Hya AB form a binary star with an orbital period of 15 years and an angular separation of 0.2 arcseconds. Component ε Hya C is separated from the AB pair by 3 arcseconds. It is a spectroscopic binary system with a period of 9.9047 days and an orbital eccentricity of 0.62, while simultaneously orbiting ε Hya AB with a period of 870 years. The fourth component, ε Hya D, shares a common proper motion with the other components and thus is most likely a gravitationally-bound member of the system. It is separated from the AB pair by 19 arcseconds and has an estimated orbital period of around 10,000 years.
The primary, ε Hya A, is a giant star that is shining with 67 times the luminosity of the Sun. This energy is being radiated from the star's outer atmosphere at an effective temperature of 5,620 K, giving it the yellow hue of a G-type star. It is rotating rapidly with a projected rotational velocity of 19 km s−1. It has an X-ray luminosity of 2.8 × 1029 erg s–1.
Name and etymology
According to the catalogue of stars in the Technical Memorandum 33-507 - A Reduced Star Catalog Containing 537 Named Stars, Min al Azʽal or Minazal were the title for five stars:δ Hya as Minazal I, η Hya as Minazal II, ε Hya as Minazal III, ρ Hya as Minazal IV and ζ Hya as Minazal V (exclude σ Hya)
In Chinese, 柳宿 (Liǔ Sù), meaning Willow (asterism), refers to an asterism consisting of ε Hydrae, δ Hydra, σ Hydrae, η Hydrae, ρ Hydrae, ζ Hydrae, ω Hydrae and θ Hydrae Consequently, ε Hydrae itself is known as 柳宿五 (Liǔ Sù wǔ, English: the Fifth Star of Willow.)
In ancient Indian astronomy, the five-star cluster of Hydrae is collectively called Ashlesha (Ayilyam in southern India) Nakshatras
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