Nu Virginis

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ν Virginis
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Location of ν Virginis
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Virgo
Right ascension 11h 45m 51.55957s[1]
Declination +06° 31′ 45.7413″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.04[2]
Spectral type M1 III[3]
U−B color index +1.80[2]
B−V color index +1.52[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) 50.19±0.30[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −18.96[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −181.56[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 11.10 ± 0.18[1] mas
Distance 294 ± 5 ly
(90 ± 1 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) −0.87[5]
Mass 1.6[6] M
Radius 54[4] R
Luminosity 631[4] L
Surface gravity (log g) 1.0[4] cgs
Temperature 4,009[4] K
Metallicity [Fe/H] 0.06[4] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 3.8[4] km/s
Other designations
3 Virginis, ν Vir, BD+07° 2479, FK5 1302, HD 102212, HIP 57380, HR 4517, SAO 119035.[7]
Database references

Nu Virginis (ν Vir, ν Virginis) is a star in the zodiac constellation of Virgo. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 4.04[2] and can be seen with the naked eye. Because the star lies near the ecliptic it is subject to occultations by the Moon.[8] Parallax measurements provide an estimated distance of around 294 light years from the Sun.

Nu Virginis is an M-type red giant with a stellar classification of M1 III.[3] It is an SRB-type[9] semiregular variable star with its brightness varying by 0.0125 in magnitude.[10] These variations have four periods lasting 11.1, 12.3, 16.8, and 23.7 days.[11] This star has about 1.6 times the mass of the sun, but it has expanded to 54 times the Sun's radius and shines 631 times as brightly as the Sun. The effective temperature of its outer atmosphere is 4,009 K.[6]


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  6. ^ a b Tsuji, Takashi (May 2007). "Isotopic abundances of Carbon and Oxygen in Oxygen-rich giant stars". In Kupka, F.; Roxburgh, I.; Chan, K. Convection in Astrophysics, Proceedings of IAU Symposium #239 held 21-25 August, 2006 in Prague, Czech Republic. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. 2. pp. 307–310. arXiv:astro-ph/0610180Freely accessible. Bibcode:2007IAUS..239..307T. doi:10.1017/S1743921307000622. 
  7. ^ "* nu. Vir". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  8. ^ White, Nathaniel M.; Feierman, Barry H. (September 1987), "A Catalog of Stellar Angular Diameters Measured by Lunar Occultation", Astronomical Journal, 94: 751, Bibcode:1987AJ.....94..751W, doi:10.1086/114513. 
  9. ^ Kazarovets, E. V.; et al. (1999), "The 74th Special Name-list of Variable Stars", Information Bulletin on Variable Stars (4659), Bibcode:1999IBVS.4659....1K. 
  10. ^ Koen, Chris; Eyer, Laurent (March 2002). "New periodic variables from the Hipparcos epoch photometry". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 331 (1): 45–59. arXiv:astro-ph/0112194Freely accessible. Bibcode:2002MNRAS.331...45K. doi:10.1046/j.1365-8711.2002.05150.x. 
  11. ^ Tabur, V.; et al. (December 2009), "Long-term photometry and periods for 261 nearby pulsating M giants", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 400 (4): 1945–1961, arXiv:0908.3228Freely accessible, Bibcode:2009MNRAS.400.1945T, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15588.x.