Epsilon Doradus

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Epsilon Doradus
Diagram showing star positions and boundaries of the Dorado constellation and its surroundings
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Location of ε Doradus (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Dorado
Right ascension 05h 49m 53.52107s[1]
Declination −66° 54′ 04.2787″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 5.11[2]
Spectral type B6 V[3]
U−B color index −0.49[2]
B−V color index −0.14[2]
Variable type SPB[4]
Radial velocity (Rv) +15.5±1.6[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −21.81[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +37.55[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 5.68 ± 0.15[1] mas
Distance 570 ± 20 ly
(176 ± 5 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) −0.20[6]
Mass 4.31±0.05[7] M
Radius 3.8±0.6[4] R
Luminosity 556[7] L
Surface gravity (log g) 3.89±0.20[4] cgs
Temperature 13,212[7] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 17[7] km/s
Other designations
ε Dor, CD−66° 351, HD 39844, HIP 27534, HR 2064, SAO 249368[8]
Database references

Epsilon Doradus (ε Dor) is a solitary[9] star located in the southern constellation of Dorado. It is visible to the naked eye with an apparent visual magnitude of 5.11.[2] Based upon an annual parallax shift of 5.68 mas as measured from Earth, it is located roughly 570 light years from the Sun. At that distance, the visual magnitude of the star is diminished by an extinction factor of 0.09 due to interstellar dust.[6]

This is a B-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of B6 V.[3] It is a slowly pulsating B-type star with a mean longitudinal magnetic field strength of −64±26 G.[4] With 4.31[7] times the mass of the Sun and 3.8[4] times the Sun's radius, it is about 85% of the way through its main sequence lifetime.[7] Epsilon Doradus radiates 556 times the solar luminosity from its photosphere at an effective temperature of 13,212 K.[7]


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