Phi Aquarii

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Phi Aquarii
Diagram showing star positions and boundaries of the Aquarius constellation and its surroundings
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Location of φ Aquarii (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Aquarius
Right ascension 23h 14m 19.35787s[1]
Declination –06° 02′ 56.3998″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +4.223[2]
Spectral type M1.5 III[3]
U−B color index +1.897[2]
B−V color index +1.563[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) +2.48 ± 0.32[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +43.12[1] mas/yr
Dec.: –194.45[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 16.14 ± 0.89[1] mas
Distance 200 ± 10 ly
(62 ± 3 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) 0.30±0.120[5]
Radius 39[4] R
Luminosity 324[4] L
Surface gravity (log g) 1.5[4] cgs
Temperature 3,899[4] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 6.7[4] km/s
Other designations
90 Aquarii, BD–06 6170, FK5 1607, HD 219215, HIP 114724, HR 8834, LTT 9425, SAO 146585.[6]
Database references

Phi Aquarii (φ Aqr, φ Aquarii) is the Bayer designation for a binary star[7] system in the equatorial constellation of Aquarius. It is visible to the naked eye with an apparent visual magnitude of +4.223.[2] Parallax measurements from the Hipparcos mission indicate its estimated distance from Earth is roughly 220 light-years (67 parsecs).[1]

This is a spectroscopic binary star system with an estimated period of 2,500 days.[8] The primary component is a red giant star with a stellar classification of M1.5 III.[3] The outer envelope of this evolved star has expanded to 39 times the size of the Sun. It is radiating 324 times the luminosity of the Sun at an effective temperature of 3,899 K,[4] giving it the reddish hue of an M-type star.[9]


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  2. ^ a b c d Gutierrez-Moreno, Adelina; et al. (1966), A System of photometric standards, 1, Publicaciones Universidad de Chile, Department de Astronomy, pp. 1–17, Bibcode:1966PDAUC...1....1G. 
  3. ^ a b Morgan, W. W.; Keenan, P. C. (1973), "Spectral Classification", Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 11: 29, Bibcode:1973ARA&A..11...29M, doi:10.1146/annurev.aa.11.090173.000333. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Massarotti, Alessandro; et al. (January 2008), "Rotational and Radial Velocities for a Sample of 761 HIPPARCOS Giants and the Role of Binarity", The Astronomical Journal, 135 (1): 209–231, Bibcode:2008AJ....135..209M, doi:10.1088/0004-6256/135/1/209. 
  5. ^ Park, Sunkyung; et al. (2013), "Wilson-Bappu Effect: Extended to Surface Gravity", The Astronomical Journal, 146 (4): 73, Bibcode:2013AJ....146...73P, arXiv:1307.0592Freely accessible, doi:10.1088/0004-6256/146/4/73. 
  6. ^ "* phi Aqr". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  7. ^ Eggleton, P. P.; Tokovinin, A. A. (September 2008), "A catalogue of multiplicity among bright stellar systems", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 389 (2): 869–879, Bibcode:2008MNRAS.389..869E, arXiv:0806.2878Freely accessible, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13596.x. 
  8. ^ Famaey, B.; et al. (May 2009), "Spectroscopic binaries among Hipparcos M giants,. I. Data, orbits, and intrinsic variations", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 498 (2): 627–640, Bibcode:2009A&A...498..627F, arXiv:0901.0934Freely accessible, doi:10.1051/0004-6361/200810698. 
  9. ^ "The Colour of Stars", Australia Telescope, Outreach and Education, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, December 21, 2004, retrieved 2012-07-02. 

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