Gamma Mensae

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Gamma Mensae
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Mensa
Right ascension 05h 31m 53.01393s[1]
Declination −76° 20′ 27.4779″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 5.19[2]
Spectral type K2 III[3][4]
U−B color index +1.18[2]
B−V color index +1.13[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)+56.7±0.8[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +142.50[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +286.85[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)31.89 ± 0.81[1] mas
Distance102 ± 3 ly
(31.4 ± 0.8 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)+2.70[6]
Period (P)7.455±4.857 yr
Semi-major axis (a)51±10
Eccentricity (e)0.59±0.15
Inclination (i)53±8°
Longitude of the node (Ω)117±90°
Periastron epoch (T)1995.111±4.085
Argument of periastron (ω)
γ Men A
Mass1.04 M
Radius4.99 R
Luminosity21 L
Surface gravity (log g)2.76[3] cgs
Temperature4,491[3] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]+0.22 dex
Age10.60 Gyr
Other designations
γ Men, CD−76° 222, HD 37763, HIP 25918, HR 1953, SAO 256201[9]
Database references

Gamma Mensae, Latinized from γ Mensae, is an orange-hued star system in the southern constellation of Mensa. The apparent visual magnitude of 5.19[2] indicates it is dimly visible to the naked eye. Based upon an annual parallax shift of 7.70 mas as seen from the Earth,[1] it is about 102 light years from the Sun. At that distance, the visual magnitude is diminished by an extinction factor of 0.033 due to interstellar dust.[8] The system shows the high velocity kinematic properties of a population II star, but has Sun-like abundances of most elements.[10]

This is a probable astrometric binary system[4] with poorly constrained orbital elements. The visible member, component A, is an evolved K-type giant star with a stellar classification K2 III[3] At about 10.6 billion years of age, it has nearly the same mass as the Sun but has expanded to five times the Sun's radius.[8] The star shines with 21 times the Sun's luminosity from its enlarged photosphere at an effective temperature of 4,491 K.[3]


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  10. ^ Foy, R. (May 1980), "Detailed analysis of high velocity stars", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 85 (3): 287–294, Bibcode:1980A&A....85..287F.