Gamma Volantis

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γ Volantis
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Location of γ Volantis
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Volans
γ1 Vol
Right ascension 07h 08m 42.38187s[1]
Declination −70° 29′ 49.5073″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 5.704[2]
γ2 Vol
Right ascension 07h 08m 44.86718s[1]
Declination −70° 29′ 56.1620″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 3.62[3]
Spectral type F2V + K0III[4]
γ1 Vol
Radial velocity (Rv) −3[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +23.92[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +107.19[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 20.14 ± 1.64[1] mas
Distance 160 ± 10 ly
(50 ± 4 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) 2.51[6]
γ2 Vol
Radial velocity (Rv) +2.8[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +24.29[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +107.03[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 23.33 ± 0.92[1] mas
Distance 140 ± 6 ly
(43 ± 2 pc)
γ1 Vol
Temperature 6,541[6] K
Metallicity [Fe/H] +0.12[2] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 4.4±0.2[6] km/s
Age 1.4[2] Gyr
γ2 Vol
Luminosity 60[7] L
Temperature 5,044[7] K
Other designations
γ Vol, CP−70° 600, FK5 1189.[8][9]
γ1 Vol: HD 55864, HIP 34473, HR 2735, SAO 256373[8]
γ2 Vol: HD 55865, HIP 34481, HR 2736, SAO 256374[9]
Database references
γ2 Vol

Gamma Volantis (γ Vol, γ Volantis) is a wide binary star[4] in the constellation Volans. Based upon parallax measurements, it is approximately 142 light years from Earth. It is bright enough to be seen with the naked eye and can be found around 9° to the east-southeast of the Large Magellanic Cloud.[10]

The brighter component, designated γ2 Volantis, is an orange K-type giant star with a stellar classification of K0III and an apparent magnitude of +3.62. Its companion, γ1 Volantis, is an F-type main-sequence star of classification F2V and an apparent magnitude of +5.70. As of 2002, the pair were at an angular separation of 14.1 along a position angle of 296°. Their separation has decreased from 15.7″ in 1826.[11]


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  6. ^ a b c Ammler-von Eiff, M.; Reiners, A. (June 2012), "New measurements of rotation and differential rotation in A-F stars: are there two populations of differentially rotating stars?", Astronomy & Astrophysics, 542: 31, Bibcode:2012A&A...542A.116A, arXiv:1204.2459Freely accessible, doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201118724, A116. 
  7. ^ a b McDonald, I.; et al. (2012), "Fundamental Parameters and Infrared Excesses of Hipparcos Stars", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 427 (1): 343–57, Bibcode:2012MNRAS.427..343M, arXiv:1208.2037Freely accessible, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.21873.x. 
  8. ^ a b "gam01 Vol -- Star", SIMBAD Astronomical Database, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  9. ^ a b "gam02 Vol -- Star", SIMBAD Astronomical Database, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  10. ^ Bakich, Michael E. (2010), 1,001 Celestial Wonders to See Before You Die: The Best Sky Objects for Star Gazers, The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series, Springer Science & Business Media, p. 13, ISBN 1441917772. 
  11. ^ Mason, B. D.; et al. (2014), The Washington Visual Double Star Catalog, Bibcode:2001AJ....122.3466M, doi:10.1086/323920, retrieved 2016-09-04 

External links[edit]

  • Kaler, James B., "Gamma Volantis", Stars, University of Illinois, retrieved 2016-09-04.