Iota Librae

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Iota Librae[1]
Libra constellation map.svg
Map of the constellation of Libra.
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Libra
Right ascension 15h 12m 13.29025s[1]
Declination −19° 47′ 30.1592″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +4.54[1]
Evolutionary stage Blue subgiant
Spectral type B9IVpSi[1]
U−B color index −0.38[1]
B−V color index -0.08[1]
Variable type Alpha2 Canum Venaticorum
Radial velocity (Rv) -11.6[1] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: -35.40[1] mas/yr
Dec.: -32.79[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 8.59 ± 0.25[1] mas
Distance 380 ± 10 ly
(116 ± 3 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) -0.79
Other designations
HD 134759, HR 5652, HIP 74392, NSV 6981, AAVSO 1506-19, SAO 159090.[2]

Iota Librae (ι Lib) is a star in the constellation Libra. Its apparent magnitude is 4.54. It is located 379 light years from earth.[3]


Due to its southern location, although the star can be seen from most regions of the earth, observers in the southern hemisphere are more advantaged. Near Antarctica, it appears circumpolar, while it always remains invisible only in the vicinity of the Arctic Circle. Its magnitude of 4.5 means that naked-eye visibility is dependent on a sky sufficiently free from the effects of light pollution.

The best time for observation in the evening sky falls in the months between May and September; from both hemispheres of the period of visibility remains approximately the same, thanks to the position of the star not far from the celestial equator.


Iota Librae is a variable star of the Alpha2 Canum Venaticorum type, its magnitude varies from 4.53 to 4.56.[4] Iota Librae is also a multiple star; two stars are very close together (0.2 arcsec away), respectively of magnitude 5.1 and 5.5 and are named Iota Librae Aa and Ab.[5][6]

A third component is located 57 arcsec distant; it is a star of the tenth magnitude, Iota Librae B.[3] The third component is also a double star, of equal magnitudes, 1.9 arcseconds apart.[7]


Due to its position on the ecliptic, is sometimes obscured by the Moon or planets. The last lunar occultation took place April 4, 2012.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k SIMBAD, Iota Librae (accessed 23 December 2014)
  2. ^ Vizier
  3. ^ a b Extended Hipparcos Compilation (XHIP) (+ Anderson, 2012)
  4. ^ General Catalogue of Variable Stars (Samus + 2007-2012)
  5. ^ The Washington Visual Double Star Catalog (Mason + 2001-2012).
  6. ^ Alcyone
  7. ^ Burnam's Celestial Handbook, pp. 1107-1108.
  8. ^ "Moon occults ι Librae (2012-04-09 02:03 CEST)". Turin Astronomical Observatory. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 

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