DL Crucis

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DL Crucis
Crux constellation map.svg
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Location of DL Crucis (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Crux
Right ascension 12h 14m 16.9255s[1]
Declination −64° 24′ 30.662″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 6.18[2]
Spectral type B1.5Ia[3]
U−B color index −0.73[2]
B−V color index 0.12[2]
Variable type α Cygni[4]
Radial velocity (Rv) -10.50[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: -5.62[1] mas/yr
Dec.: 0.15[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 0.80 ± 0.30[6] mas
Distance approx. 4,000 ly
(approx. 1,300 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) −6.9[7]
Mass 30[3] M
Radius 42[7] R
Luminosity 251,000[7] L
Surface gravity (log g) 2.50[3] cgs
Temperature 20,100[3] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 43[3] km/s
Other designations
DL Cru, HIP 59678, HD 106343, CD-63° 732, HR 4653, GSC 08982-04743, CPD-63° 2203, GC 16707, SAO 251803
Database references

DL Crucis is a variable star in the constellation Crux.


DL Crucis has a visual apparent magnitude of 6.3 so it is just visible with the unaided eye in dark skies.[8] It lies in the small southern constellation of Crux, halfway between η Crucis and ζ Crucis and close to the constellation's brightest star α Crucis. This area of sky lies within the Milky Way and close to the Coalsack Nebula.


DL Crucis has a spectral type of B1.5 Ia, making it a luminous blue supergiant with a temperature over 20,000 K and 251,000 times as luminous as the sun.[7] It has a radius around 42 times,[7] and a mass 30 times that of the Sun.[3]


In 1977 DL Crucis, then referred to as HR 4653, was being used as a comparison star to test the variability of δ Crucis. δ Crucis turned out to be constant relative to several other stars, but the difference in brightness between it and HR 4653 changed by 0.02 magnitude.[9] It was considered likely to be a variable with a period longer than seven hours.[10]

Hipparcos photometry showed that DL Crucis was varying by up to 0.04 magnitude with a main period of 2 days 21 hours It was classified as an α Cygni variable.[11] Shortly afterwards it received its variable star designation of DL Crucis.[12]

A later detailed statistical analysis of the same data found periods of 3.650 and 3.906 days, as well as a first harmonic pulsation, with a maximum brightness range of 0.11 magnitudes.[7]


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  6. ^ Gaia Collaboration (2016). "VizieR Online Data Catalog: Gaia DR1 (Gaia Collaboration, 2016)". VizieR On-line Data Catalog: I/337. Originally published in: Astron. Astrophys. 1337. Bibcode:2016yCat.1337....0G. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Lefever, K.; Puls, J.; Aerts, C. (2007). "Statistical properties of a sample of periodically variable B-type supergiants. Evidence for opacity-driven gravity-mode oscillations". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 463 (3): 1093. Bibcode:2007A&A...463.1093L. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20066038. 
  8. ^ Bortle, John E. (February 2001). "The Bortle Dark-Sky Scale". Sky & Telescope. Sky Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Balona, L. A. (1977). "A search for Beta Canis Majoris stars". Royal Astronomical Society. 84: 101. Bibcode:1977MmRAS..84..101B. 
  10. ^ Jakate, S. M. (1979). "A search for Beta Cephei stars. III - Photometric studies of southern B-type stars". Astronomical Journal. 84: 552. Bibcode:1979AJ.....84..552J. doi:10.1086/112448. 
  11. ^ Waelkens, C.; Aerts, C.; Kestens, E.; Grenon, M.; Eyer, L. (1998). "Study of an unbiased sample of B stars observed with Hipparcos: The discovery of a large amount of new slowly pulsating B stars". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 330: 215. Bibcode:1998A&A...330..215W. 
  12. ^ Kazarovets, E. V.; Samus, N. N.; Durlevich, O. V.; Frolov, M. S.; Antipin, S. V.; Kireeva, N. N.; Pastukhova, E. N. (1999). "The 74th Special Name-list of Variable Stars". Information Bulletin on Variable Stars. 4659: 1. Bibcode:1999IBVS.4659....1K.