Gamma Trianguli Australis

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Gamma Trianguli Australis
Diagram showing star positions and boundaries of the Triangulum Australe constellation and its surroundings
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Location of γ Trianguli Australis (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Triangulum Australe
Right ascension 15h 18m 54.58198s[1]
Declination –68° 40′ 46.3654″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +2.87[2]
Spectral type A1 V[3][4]
U−B color index –0.02[5]
B−V color index +0.00[5]
Radial velocity (Rv) –3.0[2] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: –66.58[1] mas/yr
Dec.: –32.31[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 17.74 ± 0.12[1] mas
Distance 184 ± 1 ly
(56.4 ± 0.4 pc)
Radius 5.86[6] R
Temperature 9,400[6] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 199[4] km/s
Age 260[7] Myr
Other designations
CD−68° 1503, FK5 560, HD 135382, HIP 74946, HR 5671, SAO 253097.[8]
Database references

Gamma Trianguli Australis (γ TrA, γ Trianguli Australis) is a star in the constellation Triangulum Australe. Along with Alpha and Beta Trianguli Australis it forms a prominent triangular asterism that gives the constellation its name (Latin for southern triangle). It is the third-brightest member of this constellation with an apparent visual magnitude of +2.87.[2] based upon parallax measurements, Gamma Trianguli Australis is located at a distance of about 184 light-years (56 parsecs) from Earth.[1]

The spectrum of this star matches a stellar classification of A1 V,[3][4] which identifies it as an A-type main sequence star that is generating energy through the nuclear fusion of hydrogen at its core. An unusual abundance of the element europium demonstrates it to be a peculiar, or Ap star.[9] Most stars of this type are slow rotators,[10] but Gamma Trianguli Australis displays a very high rate of rotation with a projected rotational velocity of 199 km s−1.[4] It has an estimated age of 260 million years.[7]

This system shows an excess emission of infrared radiation, suggesting that there is a circumstellar disk of dust orbiting this star. The mean temperature of the emission is 50 K, corresponding to a separation from the star of 481 astronomical units.[6]

Modern legacy[edit]

γ TrA appears on the flag of Brazil, symbolising the state of Paraná.[11]


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  6. ^ a b c Rhee, Joseph H.; et al. (May 2007), "Characterization of Dusty Debris Disks: The IRAS and Hipparcos Catalogs", The Astrophysical Journal, 660 (2): 1556–1571, Bibcode:2007ApJ...660.1556R, arXiv:astro-ph/0609555Freely accessible, doi:10.1086/509912 
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  8. ^ "gam TrA -- Variable Star", SIMBAD Astronomical Object Database, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2012-02-04 
  9. ^ Sokolov, N. A. (June 1998), "Effective temperatures of AP stars", Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement, 130: 215–222, Bibcode:1998A&AS..130..215S, doi:10.1051/aas:1998226 
  10. ^ Abt, Helmut A.; Morrell, Nidia I. (July 1995), "The Relation between Rotational Velocities and Spectral Peculiarities among A-Type Stars", Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 99: 135, Bibcode:1995ApJS...99..135A, doi:10.1086/192182 
  11. ^ "Astronomy of the Brazilian Flag". FOTW Flags Of The World website.