Kappa2 Ceti

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Kappa2 Ceti
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Cetus
Right ascension 03h 21m 06.80281s[1]
Declination +03° 40′ 32.2344″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 5.66[2]
Spectral type G8 III[3]
U−B color index +0.73[2]
B−V color index +0.97[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) +7.44±0.10[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +55.04[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −25.12[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 10.11 ± 0.33[1] mas
Distance 320 ± 10 ly
(99 ± 3 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) 0.630[5]
Mass 2.46±0.09 M
Radius 8.23±0.57 R
Luminosity 41.7 L
Surface gravity (log g) 2.98±0.04 cgs
Temperature 5,007±22 K
Metallicity [Fe/H] +0.11±0.03 dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 0.98±0.45 km/s
Age 610±60 Myr
Other designations
κ2 Cet, 97 Cet, BD+03° 461, HD 20791, HIP 15619, HR 1007, SAO 111142[6]
Database references

Kappa2 Ceti2 Ceti), is a solitary,[7] yellow-hued star located in the equatorial constellation of Cetus. It is faintly visible to the naked eye with an apparent visual magnitude of 5.66.[2] Based upon an annual parallax shift of 10.11 mas as seen from Earth,[1] it is located about 320 light years from the Sun.

This is an evolved G-type giant star with a stellar classification of G8 III.[3] It is a red clump star on the horizontal branch, which indicates it is generating energy through helium fusion at its core.[5] The star has 2.46 times the mass of the Sun and has expanded to 8.2 times the Sun's radius. It is radiating 42 times the solar luminosity from its photosphere at an effective temperature of 5,007 K.[4]


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  2. ^ a b c d Lucke, P. B. (November 1974), "The OB stellar associations in the Large Magellanic Cloud", Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 28: 73, Bibcode:1974ApJS...28...73L, doi:10.1086/190311. 
  3. ^ a b Houk, N.; Swift, C. (1999), "Michigan catalogue of two-dimensional spectral types for the HD Stars", Michigan Spectral Survey, Ann Arbor, Michigan: Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, 5, Bibcode:1999MSS...C05....0H. 
  4. ^ a b c Jofré, E.; et al. (2015), "Stellar parameters and chemical abundances of 223 evolved stars with and without planets", Astronomy & Astrophysics, 574: A50, Bibcode:2015A&A...574A..50J, arXiv:1410.6422Freely accessible, doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201424474. 
  5. ^ a b Mishenina, T. V.; et al. (September 2006), "Elemental abundances in the atmosphere of clump giants", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 456 (3): 1109–1120, Bibcode:2006A&A...456.1109M, arXiv:astro-ph/0605615Freely accessible, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20065141. 
  6. ^ "kap02 Cet -- High proper-motion Star", SIMBAD Astronomical Database, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  7. ^ Eggleton, P. P.; Tokovinin, A. A. (September 2008), "A catalogue of multiplicity among bright stellar systems", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 389 (2): 869–879, Bibcode:2008MNRAS.389..869E, arXiv:0806.2878Freely accessible, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13596.x. 

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