QU Normae

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QU Normae
Norma constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of QU Normae (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Norma
Right ascension 16h 29m 42.32668s[1]
Declination −46° 14′ 35.6022″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 5.37[2] (5.27 - 5.41[3])
Spectral type B1.5 Iap[4]
U−B color index −0.44[2]
B−V color index +0.62[2]
Variable type α Cyg[3]
Radial velocity (Rv)−14.80 ± 3.2[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −4.54[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −1.51[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)1.79 ± 0.70[1] mas
Distanceapprox. 1,800 ly
(approx. 600 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)−7.50[6]
Mass43[7] M
Radius58[8] R
Luminosity417,000[6] L
Surface gravity (log g)2.00[7] cgs
Temperature17,000[7] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i)44[7] km/s
Other designations
QU Normae, HD 148379, HIP 80782, HR 6131, CD−45°10697
Database references

QU Normae, also known as HR 6131, is a blue supergiant star in the constellation Norma. It is also a variable star, thought to be an α Cyg variable.

The apparent magnitude of QU Normae varies somewhat irregularly between 5.27 and 5.41. The General Catalogue of Variable Stars quotes a period of 4.818 days,[3] but other research only shows likely periods longer than 10 days.[9]

QU Normae has a spectral type B1.5 Ia, a luminous supergiant that has swollen and cooled off the main sequence. Surface abundances suggest that it has not yet passed through a red supergiant phase.[6] Around 1,820 light-years distant, it shines with a luminosity approximately 417,000 times that of the Sun and has a diameter around 58 times that of the Sun.


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