Alpha Fornacis

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Alpha Fornacis
Fornax constellation map.png
Location of α Fornacis (upper left).
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Fornax
Right ascension 3h 12m 04.5277s[1]
Declination –28° 59′ 15.425″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 3.85[2]
Spectral type F8IV[3]
U−B color index +0.082[4]
B−V color index +0.581[4]
Radial velocity (Rv) –20.5[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: 371.49[1] mas/yr
Dec.: 612.28[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 70.24 ± 0.45[1] mas
Distance 46.4 ± 0.3 ly
(14.24 ± 0.09 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) 3.08[6]
Mass 1.33 ± 0.01[7] M
Radius 2.04 ± 0.06[8] R
Luminosity 4.87 ± 0.16[8] L
Surface gravity (log g) 4.27[7] cgs
Temperature 6,240[7] K
Metallicity [Fe/H] –0.20[7] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 3.9[8] km/s
Age 2.9[9] Gyr
Other designations
12 Eridani, CD-29 1177, Gl 127, HD 20010, HIP 14879, HR 963, LTT 1512, SAO 168373.[2]
Database references

Alpha Fornacis (α Fornacis, α For) is the brightest star in the constellation Fornax. It is the only star brighter than magnitude 4.0 in the constellation. It has the proper names Dalim (in Piazzi's Palermo Catalogue)[10][11][12] and Fornacis (in Burritt's Atlas).[13] This star was originally designated 12 Eridani.

The stellar classification of Alpha Fornacis is F8IV, where the luminosity class IV indicates this is a subgiant star that has just evolved off the main sequence.[14] It has 33% more mass than the Sun and is an estimated 2.9 billion years old.[7][9] Alpha Fornacis is a binary star[15] and has a high proper motion.[2] This system displays an excess of infrared emission, which may indicate the presence of circumstellar material such as a debris disk.[16]

The secondary has been identified as a blue straggler, and has either accumulated material from, or merged with, a third star in the past. It is a strong source of X-rays and is 78% as massive as the Sun.[17]

The space velocity components of this star are (U, V, W) = (–35, +20, +30) km/s.[18] Approximately 350,000 years ago, Alpha Fornacis experienced a close encounter with the A-type main sequence star Nu Horologii. The two came within an estimated 0.265 ly (0.081 pc) of each other, and both stars have debris disks.[19]


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