Psi Eridani

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ψ Eridani
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Eridanus
Right ascension 05h 01m 26.34599s[1]
Declination −07° 10′ 26.2662″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.81[2]
Spectral type B3 V[3] or B3 IV[4]
U−B color index −0.75[2]
B−V color index −0.19[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) 20.7±1.1[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +1.71[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +6.29[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 4.41 ± 0.23[1] mas
Distance 740 ± 40 ly
(230 ± 10 pc)
Mass 7.00±0.43[6] M
Radius 4.5[7] R
Luminosity 2,878[6] L
Surface gravity (log g) 3.859±0.025[8] cgs
Temperature 18,700[6] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 52±8[3] km/s
Age 31.6±0.6[9] Myr
Other designations
ψ Eri, BD−07° 948, 65 Eridani, HD 32249, HIP 23364, HR 1617, SAO 131700.[10]
Database references

Psi Eridani (ψ Eri) is a star in the constellation Eridanus. With an apparent visual magnitude is 4.81,[2] it can be seen with the naked eye on a clear, dark night. Based upon an annual parallax shift of 4.41 milliarcseconds,[1] it is located roughly 740 light years away from the Sun.

This is a B-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of B3 V.[3] However, Houk and Swift (1999) classed it as a more evolved subgiant star. It is about 32[9] million years old and has a projected rotational velocity of 52 km/s.[3] The estimated mass is seven times that of the Sun,[6] and it has around 4.5 times the Sun's radius.[7] Psi Eridani shines with 2,878[6] times the solar luminosity from its outer atmosphere at an effective temperature of 18,700 K.[6]


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  2. ^ a b c d Johnson, H. L.; et al. (1966), "UBVRIJKL photometry of the bright stars", Communications of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, 4 (99), Bibcode:1966CoLPL...4...99J. 
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  4. ^ Houk, N.; Swift, C. (1999), "Michigan catalogue of two-dimensional spectral types for the HD Stars", Michigan Spectral Survey, 05, Bibcode:1999MSS...C05....0H. 
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  6. ^ a b c d e f Hohle, M. M.; et al. (April 2010), "Masses and luminosities of O- and B-type stars and red supergiants", Astronomische Nachrichten, 331 (4): 349–360, arXiv:1003.2335Freely accessible, Bibcode:2010AN....331..349H, doi:10.1002/asna.200911355. 
  7. ^ a b Pasinetti Fracassini, L. E.; et al. (2001), "Catalogue of Apparent Diameters and Absolute Radii of Stars (CADARS) - Third edition - Comments and statistics", Astronomy & Astrophysics, 367: 521–24, arXiv:astro-ph/0012289Freely accessible, Bibcode:2001A&A...367..521P, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20000451. 
  8. ^ Huang, Wenjin; et al. (October 2010), "A Stellar Rotation Census of B Stars: From ZAMS to TAMS", The Astrophysical Journal, 722 (1): 605–619, arXiv:1008.1761Freely accessible, Bibcode:2010ApJ...722..605H, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/722/1/605. 
  9. ^ a b Tetzlaff, N.; et al. (January 2011), "A catalogue of young runaway Hipparcos stars within 3 kpc from the Sun", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 410 (1): 190–200, arXiv:1007.4883Freely accessible, Bibcode:2011MNRAS.410..190T, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17434.x 
  10. ^ "psi Eri -- Star", SIMBAD Astronomical Database, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2016-11-03.