Eta Crucis

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η Crucis
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Crux
Right ascension 12h 06m 52.89900s[1]
Declination −64° 36′ 49.4244″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.14[2]
Spectral type F2 V[3]
U−B color index +0.00[2]
B−V color index +0.35[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) +9.0[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +33.88[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −37.02[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 50.62 ± 0.12[1] mas
Distance 64.4 ± 0.2 ly
(19.76 ± 0.05 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) 2.67[5]
Radius 1.3[6] R
Luminosity 7[7] L
Surface gravity (log g) 4.01[3] cgs
Temperature 6,964[5] K
Metallicity [Fe/H] −0.04[3] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 46.1±2.3[5] km/s
Age 2.53[8] Gyr
Other designations
η Cru, CD−63° 2145, GJ 9388, HD 105211, HIP 59072, HR 4616, SAO 251742.[9]
Database references

Eta Crucis (η Crucis) is a solitary[10] star in the southern constellation of Crux. It can be seen with the naked eye, having an apparent visual magnitude of 4.14m.[2] Based upon parallax measurements,[1] η Crucis is located 64 light-years from the Sun. The system made its closest approach about 1.6 million years ago when it achieved perihelion at a distance of roughly 26 light years.[11]

This is an F-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of F2 V.[3] It has 130%[6] of the Sun's radius and shines with 7[7] times the luminosity of the Sun from an outer atmosphere with an effective temperature of 6,964 K.[5] Observations of the system using the Spitzer Space Telescope show a statistically significant infrared excess of emission at a wavelength of 70μm. This suggests the presence of a circumstellar disk. The temperature of this material is below 70 K.[8]

Eta Crucis has a pair of visual companions. Component B is a magnitude 11.80 star located at an angular separation of 48.30 along a position angle of 300°, as of 2010. Component C has a magnitude of 12.16 and lies at an angular separation of 35.50″ along a position angle of 194°, as of 2000.[12]


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  8. ^ a b Beichman, C. A.; et al. (December 2006), "New Debris Disks around Nearby Main-Sequence Stars: Impact on the Direct Detection of Planets", The Astrophysical Journal, 652 (2): 1674–1693, Bibcode:2006ApJ...652.1674B, arXiv:astro-ph/0611682Freely accessible, doi:10.1086/508449. 
  9. ^ "eta Cru -- Spectroscopic binary", SIMBAD Astronomical Database, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  10. ^ Eggleton, P. P.; Tokovinin, A. A. (September 2008), "A catalogue of multiplicity among bright stellar systems", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 389 (2): 869–879, Bibcode:2008MNRAS.389..869E, arXiv:0806.2878Freely accessible, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13596.x. 
  11. ^ Bailer-Jones, C. A. L. (March 2015), "Close encounters of the stellar kind", Astronomy & Astrophysics, 575: 13, Bibcode:2015A&A...575A..35B, arXiv:1412.3648Freely accessible, doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201425221, A35. 
  12. ^ Mason, B. D.; et al. (2014), "The Washington Visual Double Star Catalog", The Astronomical Journal, 122: 3466–3471, Bibcode:2001AJ....122.3466M, doi:10.1086/323920. 

External links[edit]

  • Kaler, James B., "Eta Crucis", Stars, University of Illinois, retrieved 2016-10-08.