Nu Andromedae

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Nu Andromedae
Diagram showing star positions and boundaries of the Andromeda constellation and its surroundings
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Location of ν Andromedae (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Andromeda
Right ascension  00h 49m 48.84737s[1]
Declination +41° 04′ 44.0764″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.522[2]
Spectral type B4/5 V[3][4] + F8 V[5]
U−B color index –0.573[2]
B−V color index –0.136[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)–23.9[6] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +22.77 ±0.12[1] mas/yr
Dec.: –18.35 ±0.09[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)5.28 ± 0.15[1] mas
Distance620 ± 20 ly
(189 ± 5 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)−1.85[7]
Period (P)4.2827 d
Eccentricity (e)0.03
Longitude of the node (Ω)25.°
Periastron epoch (T)18155.67
Semi-amplitude (K1)
71.7 km/s
Semi-amplitude (K2)
101.9 km/s
ν And A
Mass5.9 ± 0.2[3] M
Radius3.4[8] R
Luminosity1,104[7] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.12 ± 0.43[9] cgs
Temperature14,851 ± 396[9] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]+0.14 ± 0.17[9] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)20[10] km/s
Age63.1 ± 17.9[3] Myr
Other designations
ν Andromedae, ν And, Nu And, Nu Andromedae 35 Andromedae, 35 And, BD+40 171, FK5 1021, HD 4727, HIP 3881, HR 226, SAO 36699.[11]
Database references

Nu Andromedae (Nu And, ν Andromedae, ν And) is a binary star in the constellation Andromeda. The system has an apparent visual magnitude of 4.5,[2] which is bright enough to be seen with the naked eye. It is approximately 620 light-years (190 parsecs) from Earth.[1] Situated just over a degree to the west of this star is the Andromeda Galaxy.[12]

Nu Andromedae is the prominent blue star in the upper right of this image. At the center is the Andromeda Galaxy

Nu Andromedae is spectroscopic binary[3] system with a nearly circular orbit that has a period of 4.2828 days.[5] The primary component is a B-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of B5 V.[3] The fainter secondary has a classification of F8 V,[5] which makes it an F-type main sequence star. The pair is about 63 million years old.[3]


In Chinese, 奎宿 (Kuí Sù), meaning Legs (asterism), refers to an asterism consisting of ν Andromedae, η Andromedae, 65 Piscium, ζ Andromedae, ε Andromedae, δ Andromedae, π Andromedae, μ Andromedae, β Andromedae, σ Piscium, τ Piscium, 91 Piscium, υ Piscium, φ Piscium, χ Piscium and ψ¹ Piscium. Consequently, the Chinese name for ν Andromedae itself is 奎宿七 (Kuí Sù qī, English: the Seventh Star of Legs.)[13]


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  10. ^ Abt, Helmut A.; Levato, Hugo; Grosso, Monica (July 2002), "Rotational Velocities of B Stars", The Astrophysical Journal, 573 (1): 359–365, Bibcode:2002ApJ...573..359A, doi:10.1086/340590.
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  13. ^ (in Chinese) AEEA (Activities of Exhibition and Education in Astronomy) 天文教育資訊網 2006 年 5 月 19 日

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