Gamma Scuti

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γ Scuti
Scutum constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg

Location of γ Scuti (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Scutum
Right ascension 18h 29m 11.85388s[1]
Declination −14° 33′ 56.9319″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.67[2]
Spectral type A2:V[3]
U−B color index +0.04[4]
B−V color index +0.07[4]
Radial velocity (Rv) -41.00[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +3.22[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −4.02[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 10.21 ± 0.24[1] mas
Distance 319 ± 8 ly
(98 ± 2 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) −0.28[2]
Mass 2.91[6] M
Radius 4.1[7] R
Luminosity 150[6] L
Surface gravity (log g) 2.09[8] cgs
Temperature 9,016[6] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 222[6] km/s
Age 237[8] Myr
Other designations
γ Sct, BD−14° 5071, FK5 696, GC 25220, HD 170296, HIP 90595, HR 6930, SAO 161520, GSC 05702-02882
Database references

Gamma Scuti, Latinized from γ Scuti, is a single,[9] white-hued star in the southern constellation of Scutum. The apparent visual magnitude of 4.67[2] indicates this is a dim star but visible to the naked eye. Based upon an annual parallax shift of 10.21 mas as seen from Earth,[1] this star is located about 319 light years from the Sun. Currently it is moving towards the Solar System at 41 km/s, which means in 2.35 million years it will pass at just 20 ly (5.519 pc) distance,[10] probably becoming the brightest star in the night sky, at magnitude −2.1, for a period.[11]

This is an A-type main-sequence star[3] with a stellar classification of A2:V.[3] At the age of 237 million years,[8] it is spinning rapidly with a projected rotational velocity of 222 km/s.[6] This is giving the star an oblate shape with a prominent equatorial bulge that is estimated to be 21% larger than the polar radius.[12] The star has an estimated 2.91[6] times the mass of the Sun and 4.1[7] times the Sun's radius. It is radiating 150 times the Sun's luminosity from its photosphere at an effective temperature of 9,016 K.[6]


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