Nu Orionis

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ν Orionis
Orion constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of ν Orionis (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Orion
Right ascension  06h 07m 34.32588s[1]
Declination +14° 46′ 06.5061″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.42[2]
Spectral type B3 V[3] or B3 IV[4]
U−B color index −0.67[2]
B−V color index −0.18[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)+24.1[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +6.78[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −20.23[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)6.32 ± 0.33[1] mas
Distance520 ± 30 ly
(158 ± 8 pc)
Period (P)131.211 d
Eccentricity (e)0.64
Periastron epoch (T)2436475.852 JD
Argument of periastron (ω)
Semi-amplitude (K1)
33.3 km/s
ν Ori A
Mass6.7±0.1[4] M
Radius4.3[7] R
Luminosity1,965[3] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.06[8] cgs
Temperature17,880[8] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]−0.05[8] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)30[9] km/s
Age26.3±5.3[4] Myr
Other designations
ν Ori, 67 Orionis, BD+14° 1152, FK5 232, HD 41753, HIP 29038, HR 2159, SAO 95259.[10]
Database references

Nu Orionis (ν Orionis) is a binary star[11] system in the northeastern part of the constellation Orion. It should not be confused with the variable star NU Orionis.[12] Nu Orionis has an apparent visual magnitude of 4.42,[2] which is bright enough to be seen with the naked eye. Based upon an annual parallax shift of 0.00632 arcseconds,[1] the distance to this system is roughly 520 light years.

This is a single-lined spectroscopic binary system,[9] which means that only the absorption line features of one of the components can be distinguished. The components orbit each other with a period of 131.2 days and an eccentricity of 0.64.[6] Depending on the source, the primary is either a B-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of B3 V,[3] or a more evolved B-type subgiant star of class B3 IV.[4] It has an angular diameter of 0.251 mas,[13] which, at the estimated distance of this system, yields a physical size of about 4.3 times the radius of the Sun.[7] The mass is 6.7[4] times that of the Sun and it shines with 1,965[3] times the solar luminosity from its outer atmosphere at an effective temperature of 17,880 K.[8]


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  13. ^ Zorec, J.; et al. (July 2009), "Fundamental parameters of B supergiants from the BCD system. I. Calibration of the (λ_1, D) parameters into Teff", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 501 (1): 297–320, arXiv:0903.5134, Bibcode:2009A&A...501..297Z, doi:10.1051/0004-6361/200811147.