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] (3.98/7.19)[3]
Spectral type F8IV[4]
U−B color index +0.082[5]
B−V color index +0.581[5]
Radial velocity (Rv)–20.5[6] 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
Distance46.4 ± 0.3 ly
(14.24 ± 0.09 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)3.08[7]
Period (P)269 yr
Semi-major axis (a)4.0″
Eccentricity (e)0.73
Inclination (i)81°
Longitude of the node (Ω)117°
Periastron epoch (T)1947
Argument of periastron (ω)
α For A
Mass1.33 ± 0.01[8] M
Radius2.04 ± 0.06[9] R
Luminosity4.87 ± 0.16[9] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.27[8] cgs
Temperature6,240[8] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]–0.20[8] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)3.9[9] km/s
Age2.9[10] Gyr
Other designations
α For, 12 Eridani, CD−29° 1177, GJ 127, HD 20010, HIP 14879, HR 963, SAO 168373, LTT 1512[2]
Database references

Alpha Fornacis (α Fornacis, abbreviated Alpha For, α For), also designated 12 Eridani, is a binary star[11] system in the southern constellation of Fornax. It is the brightest star in the constellation and the only one brighter than magnitude 4.0. Based on parallax measurements obtained during the Hipparcos mission, it is approximately 46 light-years (14 parsecs) distant from the Sun.

Its two components are designated Alpha Fornacis A (also named Dalim[12]) and B.


α Fornacis (Latinised to Alpha Fornacis) is the system's Bayer designation, 12 Eridani its Flamsteed designation. The designations of the two components as Alpha Fornacis A and B derive from the convention used by the Washington Multiplicity Catalog (WMC) for multiple star systems, and adopted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).[13]

It was listed under the proper names Dalim (in Piazzi's Palermo Catalogue)[14][15][16] and Fornacis (in Burritt's Atlas).[17] In 2016, the IAU organized a Working Group on Star Names (WGSN)[18] to catalog and standardize proper names for stars. The WGSN decided to attribute proper names to individual stars rather than entire multiple systems.[19] It approved the name Dalim for the component Alpha Fornacis A on 5 September 2017 and it is now so included in the List of IAU-approved Star Names.[12]


Alpha Fornacis has a high proper motion[2] and the system displays an excess of infrared emission, which may indicate the presence of circumstellar material such as a debris disk.[20] The space velocity components of this star are (U, V, W) = (–35, +20, +30) km/s.[21] 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.[22]

Alpha Fornacis A has a stellar classification of F8IV, where the luminosity class IV indicates this is a subgiant star that has just evolved off the main sequence.[23] It has 33% more mass than the Sun and is an estimated 2.9 billion years old.[8][10]

The secondary, Alpha Fornacis B, 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.[24]


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