21 Leonis Minoris

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21 Leonis Minoris
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Leo Minor
Right ascension 10h 07m 25.76296s[1]
Declination +35° 14′ 40.8965″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.47 - 4.52[2]
Spectral type A7V[3]
U−B color index +0.08[4]
B−V color index +0.18[4]
Variable type δ Sct[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)−11.40 ± 0.9[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: 52.90[1] mas/yr
Dec.: 0.62[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)35.41 ± 0.18[1] mas
Distance92.1 ± 0.5 ly
(28.2 ± 0.1 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)+2.43[6]
Radius1.2–1.8[7] R
Surface gravity (log g)4.07[8] cgs
Temperature7839[8] K
Metallicity [Fe/H][M/H] = −0.01[8] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)155[9] km/s
Age390[9] Myr
Other designations
21 LMi, BD+35° 2110, HD 87696, HIP 49593, HR 3974, SAO 61874, Gl 378.3, GJ 9314[10]
Database references

21 Leonis Minoris is a star in the constellation of Leo Minor. With an apparent magnitude of about 4.5, the star is faintly visible to the naked eye (see Bortle scale). Parallax estimates made by the Hipparcos spacecraft put it at a fairly close distance of about 92.1 light years (28.2 parsecs) away from the Earth.[1] It is considered a member of the Sirius supercluster.[6]

21 Leonis Minoris rotates fairly fast for a star; its projected rotational velocity is estimated to 155 km/s[9] so it must be rotating at least that fast. It has been listed as a fast-rotating spectral standard star for the spectral type of A7V, as opposed to the slow-rotating standard star 2 Hydrae.[11] It is also a Delta Scuti variable, and its apparent magnitude varies from 4.47 to 4.52.[2] 21 Leonis Minoris has an infrared excess, suggesting a debris disk around it.[9]


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  5. ^ Gontcharov, G. A. (2006). "Pulkovo Compilation of Radial Velocities for 35 495 Hipparcos stars in a common system". Astronomy Letters. 32 (11): 759–771. arXiv:1606.08053. Bibcode:2006AstL...32..759G. doi:10.1134/S1063773706110065.
  6. ^ a b Eggen, Olin J. (August 1998), "The Sirius Supercluster and Missing Mass near the Sun", The Astronomical Journal, 116 (2): 782–788, Bibcode:1998AJ....116..782E, doi:10.1086/300465.
  7. ^ Pasinetti Fracassini, L. E.; et al. (2001). "Catalogue of Apparent Diameters and Absolute Radii of Stars (CADARS) - Third edition - Comments and statistics". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 367 (2): 521–24. arXiv:astro-ph/0012289. Bibcode:2001A&A...367..521P. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20000451.
  8. ^ a b c Gray, R. O.; Corbally, C. J.; Garrison, R. F.; McFadden, M. T.; Robinson, P. E. (2003). "Contributions to the Nearby Stars (NStars) Project: Spectroscopy of Stars Earlier than M0 within 40 Parsecs: The Northern Sample. I". The Astronomical Journal. 126 (4): 2048. arXiv:astro-ph/0308182. Bibcode:2003AJ....126.2048G. doi:10.1086/378365.
  9. ^ a b c d Rieke, G. H.; Su, K. Y. L.; Stansberry, J. A.; Trilling, D.; Bryden, G.; Muzerolle, J.; White, B.; Gorlova, N.; Young, E. T.; Beichman, C. A.; Stapelfeldt, K. R.; Hines, D. C. (2005). "Decay of Planetary Debris Disks". The Astrophysical Journal. 620 (2): 1010. Bibcode:2005ApJ...620.1010R. CiteSeerX doi:10.1086/426937.
  10. ^ "* 21 LMi". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  11. ^ Gray, R. O.; Garrison, R. F. (1989). "The late A-type stars - Refined MK classification, confrontation with Stromgren photometry, and the effects of rotation". The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. 70: 623. Bibcode:1989ApJS...70..623G. doi:10.1086/191349.