Alpha Lyncis

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α Lyncis
Lynx constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of α Lyncis (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Lynx
Right ascension 09h 21m 03.30074s[1]
Declination +34° 23′ 33.2245″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +3.14[2]
Spectral type K7 III[3]
U−B color index +1.95[4]
B−V color index +1.55[4]
Radial velocity (Rv)37.15[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: –223.63[1] mas/yr
Dec.: 15.18[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)16.06 ± 0.17 mas[1]
Distance203 ± 2 ly
(62.3 ± 0.7 pc)
Absolute bolometric
–2.32 ± 0.13[6]
Radius54.50 ± 3.02[6] R
Luminosity673 ± 83[6] L
Surface gravity (log g)1.5[5] cgs
Temperature3,882[5] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]–0.26[5] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)6.4[5] km/s
Other designations
40 Lyncis, HR 3705, HD 80493, BD +35 1979, HIP 45860, SAO 61414, FK5 352, NSV 4456, GC 12880.[7]
Database references

Alpha Lyncis (α Lyn, α Lyncis) is the brightest star in the northern constellation of Lynx with an apparent magnitude of +3.13.[4] Unusually, it is the only star in the constellation that has a Bayer designation.[8] Based upon parallax measurements, this star is located about 203 light-years (62 parsecs) from the Earth.[1]

This is a giant star that has exhausted the hydrogen at its core and has evolved away from the main sequence. It has expanded to about 55 times the Sun's radius and it is emitting roughly 673 times the luminosity of the Sun.[6] The estimated effective temperature of the star's outer envelope is 3,882 K,[5] which is lower than the Sun's effective temperature of 5,778 K, and is giving Alpha Lyncis an orange hue that is characteristic of K-type stars.[9]

Alpha Lyncis is a suspected small-amplitude red variable star[10] that changes apparent magnitude from +3.17 up to +3.12.[11] This variability pattern typically occurs in stars that have developed an inert carbon core surrounded by a helium-fusing shell, and suggests that Alpha Lyncis is starting to evolve into a Mira-type variable.[8]


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  7. ^ "Alpha Lyncis". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2011-12-12.
  8. ^ a b Kaler, J. B. (May 11, 2005). "ALPHA LYN (Alpha Lyncis) and ALSCIAUKAT (31 Lyncis)". Stars. University of Illinois. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  9. ^ "The Colour of Stars". Australia Telescope Outreach and Education. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. December 21, 2004. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  10. ^ Percy, J. R.; et al. (1994). "Photometric surveys of suspected small-amplitude red variables. III: An AAVSO photometric photometry survey". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 106 (700): 611–615. Bibcode:1994PASP..106..611P. doi:10.1086/133420.
  11. ^ Kukarkin, B. V.; et al. (1981). "Catalogue of suspected variable stars". Nachrichtenblatt der Vereinigung der Sternfreunde E.V. Bibcode:1981NVS...C......0K.