68 Ophiuchi

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68 Ophiuchi
Ophiuchus constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of 68 Ophiuchi (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Ophiuchus
Right ascension  18h 01m 45.19884s[1]
Declination 1° 18′ 18.2775″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.42[2] + 7.48[3]
Spectral type A2Vn[4]
U−B color index +0.02[5]
B−V color index +0.04[5]
Radial velocity (Rv)+6.00[6] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +15.93[1] mas/yr
Dec.: -13.29[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)11.15 ± 0.60[1] mas
Distance290 ± 20 ly
(90 ± 5 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)-0.34[2]
Period (P)175.74±4.65 yr
Semi-major axis (a)1.090±0.027
Eccentricity (e)0.831±0.035
Inclination (i)69.5±3.0°
Longitude of the node (Ω)160.2±1.6°
Periastron epoch (T)2019.87±1.48
Argument of periastron (ω)
68 Oph A
Mass3.07[8] M
Radius4.5[9] R
Luminosity160[8] L
Surface gravity (log g)3.76[10] cgs
Temperature9,594[8] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]-0.14[11] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)201[8] km/s
Other designations
BD+01°3560, CCDM J18018+0118AB, GC 24534, HIP 88290, HR 6723, HD 164577, NSV 10009, SAO 123035, WDS J18018+0118AB
Database references

68 Ophiuchi is a binary star system in the equatorial constellation of Ophiuchus. It is visible to the naked eye as a faint star with an apparent visual magnitude of 4.42.[2] The system is located around 89.69 parsecs (292.5 ly) distant from the Sun, based on parallax,[1] and is drifting further away with a radial velocity of +6 km/s.[6]

This is a spectroscopic binary with an orbital period of 177 years and an eccentricity of 0.83.[7] The brighter member, component A, is an A-type main-sequence star of spectral type A2Vn,[4] a star that is currently fusing its core hydrogen. The 'n' suffix indicates "nebulous" lines due to rapid rotation. The star is suspected of varying between magnitudes 4.42 and 4.48.[12] It displays an infrared excess that matches a circumstellar disk of dust orbiting 32.5 AU from the star with a mean temperature of 160 K.[13] The secondary companion, component B, is of magnitude 7.48.[3][14]


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  12. ^ VSX (17 December 2005). "NSV 10009". AAVSO Website. American Association of Variable Star Observers. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  13. ^ Cotten, Tara H.; Song, Inseok (July 2016), "A Comprehensive Census of Nearby Infrared Excess Stars", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 225 (1): 24, arXiv:1606.01134, Bibcode:2016ApJS..225...15C, doi:10.3847/0067-0049/225/1/15, 15.
  14. ^ Cvetkovic, Z.; Ninkovic, S. (2010). "On the Component Masses of Visual Binaries". Serbian Astronomical Journal. 180 (180): 71. Bibcode:2010SerAJ.180...71C. doi:10.2298/SAJ1080071C.