Gamma Cancri

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Gamma Cancri
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Cancer
Right ascension  08h 43m 17.14820s[1]
Declination +21° 28′ 06.6008″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.652[2]
Spectral type A1IV[2]
U−B color index +0.03[3]
B−V color index +0.00[3]
Radial velocity (Rv)28.7[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −103.51[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −39.48[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)18.00 ± 0.21[1] mas
Distance181 ± 2 ly
(55.6 ± 0.6 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)+1.1[5]
Mass2.18[6] M
Radius2.5[7] R
Luminosity36[8] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.17[6] cgs
Temperature8,800[9] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i)86 ± 6[10] km/s
Age171[6] Myr
Other designations
Asellus Borealis, γ Cnc, 43 Cnc, BD+21° 1895, FK5 1228, GC 11982, HD 74198, HIP 42806, HR 3449, SAO 80378, CCDM 08433+2128
Database references

Gamma Cancri (γ Cancri, abbreviated Gamma Cnc, γ Cnc) is a multiple star system in the constellation of Cancer.

It consists of a spectroscopic binary, designated Gamma Cancri A, and a single companion star, Gamma Cancri B. A's two components are themselves designated Gamma Cancri Aa (formally named Asellus Borealis /əˈsɛləs bɒriˈælɪs/, the traditional name of the system)[11] and Ab.

Since it is near the ecliptic, it can be occulted by the Moon and, very rarely, by planets.


γ Cancri (Latinised to Gamma Cancri) is the system's Bayer designation. The designations of the two constituents as Gamma Cancri A and B, and those of A's components - Gamma Cancri Aa and Ab - derive from the convention used by the Washington Multiplicity Catalog (WMC) for multiple star systems, and adopted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).[12]

It bore the traditional name Asellus Borealis (Latin for "northern little donkey").[citation needed] In 2016, the International Astronomical Union organized a Working Group on Star Names (WGSN)[13] to catalogue and standardize proper names for stars. The WGSN decided to attribute proper names to individual stars rather than entire multiple systems.[14] It approved the name Asellus Borealis for the component Gamma Cancri Aa on 6 November 2016 and it is now so included in the List of IAU-approved Star Names.[11] Together with Delta Cancri, it formed the Aselli, flanking Praesepe.[15]

In Chinese astronomy, Ghost (Chinese: 鬼宿; pinyin: Guǐ Xiù) refers to an asterism consisting of Theta Cancri, Eta Cancri, Gamma Cancri and Delta Cancri.[16] Gamma Cancri itself is known as the third star of Ghost (Chinese: 鬼宿三; pinyin: Guǐ Xiù sān).[17]


Gamma Cancri A presents as a white A-type subgiant with an apparent magnitude of +4.67.[2] Located around 181 light-years from the Sun, it shines with a luminosity approximately 36 times greater and has a surface temperature of 9108 K.[8]


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