Delta Octantis

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δ Octantis
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Location of δ Octantis (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Octans
Right ascension 14h 26m 55.23244s[1]
Declination −83° 40′ 04.3868″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.31[2]
Spectral type K2III[3]
U−B color index +1.45[4]
B−V color index +1.31[4]
Radial velocity (Rv) +4.60[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: -96.12[1] mas/yr
Dec.: -13.27[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 10.91 ± 0.14[1] mas
Distance 299 ± 4 ly
(92 ± 1 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) −0.35 ± 0.09[6]
Mass 1.06[5] M
Radius 24.61[5] R
Luminosity 271[2] L
Surface gravity (log g) 1.89[5] cgs
Temperature 4,311[5] K
Metallicity [Fe/H] -0.42[5] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 1.1[7] km/s
Other designations
CD-83 189, GC 19349, HIP 70638, HR 5339, HD 124882, NSV 6636, SAO 258698
Database references

Delta Octantis has the distinction of being Saturn's southern pole star.[8] An orange giant of class K2III,[3] it has 1.2 times the mass of the Sun and about 25 times the Sun's radius. This star is about 4.3 billion years old, which is similar to the age of the Sun.[6]


In Chinese caused by adaptation of the European southern hemisphere constellations into the Chinese system, 異雀 (Yì Què), meaning Exotic Bird, refers to an asterism consisting of δ Octantis, ζ Apodis, ι Apodis, β Apodis, γ Apodis, δ1 Apodis, η Apodis, α Apodis and ε Apodis. Consequently, δ Octantis itself is known as 異雀五 (Yì Què wǔ, English: the Fifth Star of Exotic Bird.)[9]


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  6. ^ a b da Silva, L.; et al. (November 2006), "Basic physical parameters of a selected sample of evolved stars", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 458 (2): 609–623, arXiv:astro-ph/0608160Freely accessible, Bibcode:2006A&A...458..609D, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20065105 
  7. ^ De Medeiros, J. R.; Alves, S.; Udry, S.; Andersen, J.; Nordström, B.; Mayor, M. (2014). "A catalog of rotational and radial velocities for evolved stars". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 561: A126. arXiv:1312.3474Freely accessible. Bibcode:2014A&A...561A.126D. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201220762.  Vizier catalog entry
  8. ^ "Octans". UK Astronomy Society. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  9. ^ (Chinese) AEEA (Activities of Exhibition and Education in Astronomy) 天文教育資訊網 2006 年 7 月 29 日