Epsilon Pegasi

Coordinates: Sky map 21h 44m 11.158s, +09° 52′ 30.04″
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ε Pegasi
Pegasus constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of ε Pegasi (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Pegasus
Right ascension 21h 44m 11.15614s[1]
Declination +09° 52′ 30.0311″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 2.399[1] (0.7 - 3.5)
Spectral type K2 Ib-II[2]
U−B color index +1.722[3]
B−V color index +1.527[3]
Variable type LC[4]
Radial velocity (Rv)3.39 ± 0.06[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +26.92[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +0.4[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)4.73 ± 0.17 mas[1]
Distance690 ± 20 ly
(211 ± 8 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)–4.142[6]
Mass7.07 - 7.45[7] M
Radius211[7] R
Luminosity3,895[8] L
Luminosity (bolometric)9,716 - 9,898[7] L
Surface gravity (log g)1.01[6] cgs
Temperature3,963 - 3,965[7] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]–0.04[6] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)8[9] km/s
Age20.0 ± 4.5[10] Myr
Other designations
Enif, 8 Pegasi, BD+09°4891, FK5 815, HD 206778, HIP 107315, HR 8308, SAO 127029[11]
Database references

Epsilon Pegasi (Latinised from ε Pegasi, abbreviated Epsilon Peg, ε Peg), formally named Enif /ˈnɪf/, is the brightest star in the northern constellation of Pegasus.

With an average apparent visual magnitude of 2.4,[3] this is a second-magnitude star that is readily visible to the naked eye. The distance to this star can be estimated using parallax measurements from the Hipparcos astrometry satellite,[12][13] yielding a value of around 690 light-years (210 parsecs).[1]


ε Pegasi (Latinised to Epsilon Pegasi) is the star's Bayer designation.

It bore the traditional name Enif derived from the Arabic word for 'nose', due to its position as the muzzle of Pegasus. In 2016, the International Astronomical Union organized a Working Group on Star Names (WGSN)[14] to catalog and standardize proper names for stars. The WGSN's first bulletin of July 2016[15] included a table of the first two batches of names approved by the WGSN; which included Enif for this star.[16]

Other traditional names for the star include Fom al Feras, Latinised to Os Equi.[17] In Chinese, 危宿 (Wēi Sù), meaning Rooftop (asterism), refers to an asterism consisting of Epsilon Pegasi, Alpha Aquarii and Theta Pegasi.[18] Consequently, the Chinese name for Epsilon Pegasi itself is 危宿三 (Wēi Sù sān, English: the Third Star of Rooftop.)[19]

Physical characteristics[edit]

Epsilon Pegasi is a red supergiant star, as indicated by the stellar classification of K2 Ib.[20] It is estimated to be seven times the Sun's mass. The measured angular diameter of this star, after correction for limb darkening, is 8.17 ± 0.09 mas.[21] At the estimated distance of this star, this yields an enormous physical size of about 211 times the radius of the Sun. From this expanded envelope, it is radiating roughly 9,800 times the luminosity of the Sun at an effective temperature of 3,965 K. This temperature is cooler than the Sun, giving it the orange-hued glow of a K-type star.[22]

Epsilon Pegasi is a slow irregular variable star that usually has a brightness between magnitudes 2.37 and 2.45. However, it was once observed very briefly at magnitude 0.7, giving rise to the theory that it (and possibly other supergiants) erupt in massive flares that dwarf those of the Sun.[23][24] It has also been observed as faint as magnitude 3.5.[23]

The spectrum shows an overabundance of the elements strontium and barium, which may be the result of the s-process of nucleosynthesis in the outer atmosphere of the star.[8] It has a relatively high peculiar velocity of 21.6 km s−1.[10]


Epsilon Pegasi has exhausted its core hydrogen and expanded away from the main sequence. It is almost certainly on the horizontal branch fusing helium in its core.[7] It is sufficiently massive that it may die in a core-collapse supernova, or it may shed its outer layers and leave behind an unusual oxygen–neon white dwarf.[24]

Pulfrich effect[edit]

Epsilon Pegasi is a fine example to observe the Pulfrich effect. This optical phenomenon is described on page 1372 of Burnham's Celestial Handbook. According to John Herschel: The apparent pendulum-like oscillation of a small star in the same vertical as the large one, when the telescope is swung from side to side.[25]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Keenan, Philip C.; McNeil, Raymond C. (1989). "The Perkins catalog of revised MK types for the cooler stars". Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. 71: 245. Bibcode:1989ApJS...71..245K. doi:10.1086/191373.
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  8. ^ a b Smith, Verne V.; Lambert, David L. (June 1987), "Are the red supergiants Epsilon Peg and 12 PUP victims of mild s-processing?", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 226 (3): 563–579, Bibcode:1987MNRAS.226..563S, doi:10.1093/mnras/226.3.563
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  10. ^ a b Tetzlaff, N.; Neuhäuser, R.; Hohle, M. M. (January 2011), "A catalogue of young runaway Hipparcos stars within 3 kpc from the Sun", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 410 (1): 190–200, arXiv:1007.4883, Bibcode:2011MNRAS.410..190T, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17434.x, S2CID 118629873
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  18. ^ (in Chinese) 中國星座神話, written by 陳久金. Published by 台灣書房出版有限公司, 2005, ISBN 978-986-7332-25-7.
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