Epoch J2000 Equinox J2000
|Right ascension||15h 24m 55.77463s|
|Declination||+58° 57′ 57.8344″|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||3.290|
|Spectral type||K2 III|
|U−B color index||+1.230|
|B−V color index||+1.160|
|Radial velocity (Rv)||–10.71 km/s|
|Proper motion (μ)||RA: –8.36 mas/yr
Dec.: +17.08 mas/yr
|Parallax (π)||32.23 ± 0.10 mas|
|Distance||101.2 ± 0.3 ly
(31.03 ± 0.10 pc)
|Mass||1.82 ± 0.23 M☉|
|Radius||11.99 ± 0.06 R☉|
|Luminosity||55.3 ± 5.3 L☉|
|Surface gravity (log g)||2.5 cgs|
|Temperature||4,545 ± 110 K|
|Metallicity [Fe/H]||+0.14 dex|
|Rotational velocity (v sin i)||1.5 km/s|
Iota Draconis (ι Dra, ι Draconis) is a star in the northern circumpolar constellation of Draco. It has the traditional name Edasich, a name that comes from the Arabic Al Ḍhiba' of Ulug Beg and the Dresden Globe, or Al dhīlī 'Male hyena' by Kazwini, with Eldsich being recorded in the Century Cyclopedia. A visually unremarkable star of apparent magnitude 3.3, in 2002 it was discovered to have a planet. From parallax measurements, this star is located at a distance of about 101.2 light-years (31.0 parsecs) from Earth.
Edasich is larger and more massive than the Sun, with 1.8 times the mass and nearly 12 times the radius. The spectrum matches a stellar classification of K2 III, indicating this is an evolved star that has exhausted the supply of hydrogen at its core and left the main sequence of stars like the Sun. With an expanded outer envelope, this giant star is radiating over 55 times the luminosity of the Sun at an effective temperature of 4,545 K. This temperature gives it an orange hue that is a characteristic of K-type stars. It is rotating at a leisurely rate, with a period of around 434 days.
In the past Iota Draconis has been suspected of variability. However, the star has been found to have a constant luminosity to within about 0.004 magnitudes. Hence, as of 2010, the variability remains unconfirmed. An excess emission of infrared radiation at a wavelength of 70μm suggests the presence of a circumstellar disk of dust; what astronomers term a debris disk.
The planetary companion discovered in 2002 was the first planet known to orbit a giant star. The habitable zone for this star lies in the range of 6.8–13.5 Astronomical Units, placing this planet well inside. The alignment of this planet's orbit may make it directly detectable via the transit method.
(in order from star)
|b||≥12.6 ± 1.1 MJ||1.27||510.72 ± 0.07||0.713 ± 0.008||—||—|
In Chinese, 紫微左垣 (Zǐ Wēi Zuǒ Yuán), meaning Left Wall of Purple Forbidden Enclosure, refers to an asterism consisting of ι Draconis, θ Draconis, η Draconis, ζ Draconis, υ Draconis, 73 Draconis, γ Cephei and 23 Cassiopeiae. Consequently, ι Draconis itself is known as 紫微左垣一 (Zǐ Wēi Zuǒ Yuán yī, English: the First Star of Left Wall of Purple Forbidden Enclosure.), representing 左樞 (Zuǒshū), meaning Left Pivot. 左樞 (Zuǒshū) is westernized into Tsao Choo by R.H. Allen with the same meaning 
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