Gamma2 Normae

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Gamma2 Normae
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Norma
Right ascension 16h 19m 50.42227s[1]
Declination −50° 09′ 19.8223″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.02[2]
Spectral type K0III[3]
U−B color index +1.16[2]
B−V color index +1.08[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)−28.9±0.7[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −159.71[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −52.25[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)25.33 ± 0.20 mas[1]
Distance129 ± 1 ly
(39.5 ± 0.3 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)1.057[5]
Mass2.16[5] M
Luminosity51[6] L
Surface gravity (log g)2.80[5] cgs
Temperature4,699[5] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]0.23[5] dex
Other designations
γ2 Nor, CD−49° 10536, GC 12216, GJ 9554, HD 146686, HIP 80000, HR 6072, SAO 243643[7]
Database references

Gamma2 Normae, Latinized from γ2 Nor, is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Norma. Its apparent magnitude is 4.02[2] – making it a faint star but visible to the naked eye. Based upon an annual parallax shift of 25.33 mas as seen from Earth,[1] this star is located roughly 129 light years from the Sun. It is moving closer to the Sun with a radial velocity of −29 km/s.[4]

This is an evolved, yellow-hued giant of spectral type K0 III[3] around 2.16[5] times as massive as the Sun that has swollen to a diameter 10 times that of the Sun.[8] It is a red clump star on the horizontal branch, which indicates it is generating energy through helium fusion at its core.[9] The star is radiating 51[6] times the Sun's luminosity from its enlarged photosphere at an effective temperature of 4,699 K.[5]

Gamma2 Normae is a close double, with a magnitude 10 companion. The pair has been previously identified as a binary star system,[10] but the second release of Gaia data showed the companion star to be much more distant. Another 16-magnitude star, with a temperature of 5,972 K, is listed 20" away with nearly the same parallax and proper motion as Gamma2 Normae.[11]

γ1 Nor is a yellow supergiant located nearby on the celestial sphere, but is much further away from Earth and nearly a magnitude fainter.


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  11. ^ Brown, A. G. A.; et al. (Gaia collaboration) (August 2018). "Gaia Data Release 2: Summary of the contents and survey properties". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 616. A1. arXiv:1804.09365. Bibcode:2018A&A...616A...1G. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201833051.