Gamma Sculptoris

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γ Sculptoris
Sculptor constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of γ Sculptoris (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Sculptor
Right ascension 23h 18m 49.44076s[1]
Declination −32° 31′ 55.2890″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.41[2]
Spectral type K1 III[3]
U−B color index +1.06[4]
B−V color index +1.13[4]
Radial velocity (Rv)+15.60[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +20.13[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −77.72[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)17.90 ± 0.19[1] mas
Distance182 ± 2 ly
(55.9 ± 0.6 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)0.67[2]
Mass1.60[6] M
Radius12[7] R
Luminosity72.41[2] L
Surface gravity (log g)2.45[6] cgs
Temperature4,578±24[8] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]−0.06[6] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)1.7[9] km/s
Age2.47[8] Gyr
Other designations
γ Scl, CD−33° 16476, FK5 879, GC 32450, GJ 9821, HD 219784, HIP 115102, HR 8863, SAO 214444, GSC 07510-01089[10]
Database references

Gamma Sculptoris, Latinized from γ Sculptoris, is a single,[11] orange-hued star in the constellation Sculptor. Based upon an annual parallax shift of 17.90 mas as seen from Earth,[1] this star is located about 182 light years from the Sun. It is bright enough to be visible to the naked eye with an apparent visual magnitude of 4.41.[2] It is moving away from the Sun with a radial velocity of +15.6 km/s.[5]

This is an evolved K-type giant star with a stellar classification of K1 III.[3] At the age of 2.47[8] billion years it is a red clump star on the horizontal branch,[6] which means it is generating energy through helium fusion at its core. The star has 1.60[6] times the mass of the Sun and it has expanded to 12[7] times the Sun's radius. It is radiating 72[2] times the Sun's luminosity from its enlarged photosphere at an effective temperature of 4,578 K[8]


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  9. ^ De Medeiros, J. R.; Alves, S.; Udry, S.; Andersen, J.; Nordström, B.; Mayor, M. (2014). "A catalog of rotational and radial velocities for evolved stars". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 561: A126. arXiv:1312.3474Freely accessible. Bibcode:2014A&A...561A.126D. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201220762.  Vizier catalog entry
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