Delta Reticuli

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Delta Reticuli
Diagram showing star positions and boundaries of the Reticulum constellation and its surroundings
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Location of δ Reticuli (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Reticulum
Right ascension 03h 58m 44.74945s[1]
Declination −61° 24′ 00.6673″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.60[2]
Spectral type M2 III[3]
U−B color index +2.02[2]
B−V color index +1.61[2]
Variable type Suspected[4]
Radial velocity (Rv) −1.4±2.8[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +9.80[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −14.30[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 6.20 ± 0.25[1] mas
Distance 530 ± 20 ly
(161 ± 7 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) −1.47[6]
Radius 56[7] R
Luminosity 1,100[8] L
Temperature 3,891[8] K
Other designations
δ Ret, CPD−61 290, FK5 1110, HD 25422, HIP 18597, HR 1247, SAO 248918.[9]
Database references

Delta Reticuli (Delta Ret, δ Reticuli, δ Ret) is a star in the southern constellation of Reticulum. It is visible to the naked eye, having an apparent visual magnitude of 4.60.[2] The distance to this star, as estimated from its annual parallax shift of 6.20 mas,[1] is roughly 530 light years from the Sun.

This is a evolved red giant star on the asymptotic giant branch,[10] having a stellar classification of M2 III.[3] It has expanded to around 56[7] times the radius of the Sun and radiates 1,100 times the solar luminosity from its cool outer atmosphere at an effective temperature of 3,891 K.[8]

Delta Reticuli is moving through the Galaxy at a speed of 13.3 km/s relative to the Sun. Its projected Galactic orbit carries it between 22,700 and 30,400 light years from the center of the Galaxy.[11]


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  8. ^ a b c McDonald, I.; et al. (2012), "Fundamental Parameters and Infrared Excesses of Hipparcos Stars", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 427 (1): 343–57, Bibcode:2012MNRAS.427..343M, arXiv:1208.2037Freely accessible, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.21873.x. 
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  10. ^ Eggen, O. J. (1992), "Asymptotic giant branch stars near the sun", The Astronomical Journal, 104: 275, Bibcode:1992AJ....104..275E, doi:10.1086/116239. 
  11. ^ Delta Reticuli (HIP 18597)