Delta2 Chamaeleontis

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δ2 Chamaeleontis
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Chamaeleon
Right ascension 10h 45m 47.00487s[1]
Declination −80° 32′ 24.6785″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.42[2]
Spectral type B3 V[3] or B2.5 IV[4]
U−B color index −0.728[2]
B−V color index −0.192[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)+22.6[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −17.28[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −29.25[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)9.30 ± 0.13[1] mas
Distance351 ± 5 ly
(108 ± 2 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)−0.71[6]
Mass5.0±0.1[7] M
Radius3.9[8] R
Luminosity503[9] L
Temperature15,873[9] K
Age32.6±16.3[7] Myr
Other designations
δ2 Cha, CPD−79° 556, FK5 411, HIP 52633, HR 4234, SAO 258593.[10]
Database references

Delta2 Chamaeleontis, Latinized from δ2 Chamaeleontis, is a solitary[11] star located in the southern circumpolar constellation of Chamaeleon. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 4.42,[2] which is bright enough for the star to seen with the naked eye. Based upon an annual parallax shift of 9.30 mas,[1] it is located around 351 light years from the Sun. This star is one of two stars named Delta Chamaeleontis, the other being the fainter Delta1 Chamaeleontis located about 6 arcminutes away.[12] Delta Chamaeleontis forms the southernmost component of the constellation's "dipper" or bowl. Together with Gamma Chamaeleontis, they point to a spot that is within 2° of the south celestial pole.[13]

This is a B-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of B3 V.[3] However, Hiltner et al. (1969) give a classification of B2.5 IV,[4] which would suggest it is a more evolved subgiant star. It is estimated to have five[7] times the mass of the Sun and 3.9[8] times the Sun's radius. With an age of 32.6[7] million years, it is radiating over 500 times the solar luminosity from its outer atmosphere at an effective temperature of 15,873[9] K. There is a 70% likelihood that this star is a member of Gould's Belt.[14]


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  10. ^ "del02 Cha – Star", SIMBAD Astronomical Database, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2016-12-11.
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  14. ^ Bobylev, V. V.; Bajkova, A. T. (September 2007), "Kinematics of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB association", Astronomy Letters, 33 (9): 571–583, arXiv:0708.0943, Bibcode:2007AstL...33..571B, doi:10.1134/S1063773707090010.