Theta Scorpii

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θ Scorpii
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Theta Scorpii
θ Scorpii (circled) in the constellation Scorpius.
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Scorpius
Right ascension  17h 37m 19.12985s[1]
Declination –42° 59′ 52.1808″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 1.84 (1.862 + 6.22)[2]
Spectral type F0 II[3]
U−B color index +0.21[4]
B−V color index +0.40[4]
Radial velocity (Rv)+1.4[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +5.54[1] mas/yr
Dec.: –3.12[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)10.86 ± 1.49[1] mas
Distanceapprox. 300 ly
(approx. 90 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)−2.71[6]
Mass5.66 ± 0.65[7] M
Radius26[8] R
Luminosity1,834[7] L
Surface gravity (log g)2.4 ± 0.2[9] cgs
Temperature7,268[7] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i)125[10] km/s
Other designations
Sargas, Girtab, 160 G. Scorpii, θ Sco, CD−42° 12312, FK5 654, HD 159532, HIP 86228, HR 6553, SAO 228201, CCDM J17373−4300[11]
Database references

Theta Scorpii (θ Scorpii, abbreviated Theta Sco, θ Sco) is a binary star in the southern zodiac constellation of Scorpius. The apparent visual magnitude of this star is +1.87,[4] making it readily visible to the naked eye and one of the brightest stars in the night sky. It is sufficiently near that the distance can be measured directly using the parallax technique and such measurements obtained during the Hipparcos mission yield an estimate of approximately 300 light-years (90 parsecs) from the Sun.[1]

The two components are designated θ Scorpii A (officially named Sargas /ˈsɑːrɡæs/, the traditional name for the system)[12][13] and B.


θ Scorpii (Latinised to Theta Scorpii) is the system's Bayer designation. The designations of the two components as Theta Scorpii A and B derive from the convention used by the Washington Multiplicity Catalog (WMC) for multiple star systems, and adopted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).[14]

It bore the traditional name Sargas, of Sumerian origin.[15] Another possible origin is Persian for Arrow Head سر گز. The name 'Sar Gaz' is used in Iran as a star name, and was used for timing irrigation water shares.[16] In 2016, the IAU organized a Working Group on Star Names (WGSN)[17] to catalogue and standardize proper names for stars. The WGSN decided to attribute proper names to individual stars rather than entire multiple systems.[18] It approved the name Sargas for the star θ Scorpii A on 21 August 2016 and it is now so included in the List of IAU-approved Star Names.[13]

In Chinese, 尾宿 (Wěi Xiù), meaning Tail, refers to an asterism consisting of Theta Scorpii, Epsilon Scorpii, Zeta1 Scorpii and Zeta2 Scorpii, Eta Scorpii, Iota1 Scorpii and Iota2 Scorpii, Kappa Scorpii, Lambda Scorpii, Mu1 Scorpii and Upsilon Scorpii.[19] Consequently, the Chinese name for Theta Scorpii itself is 尾宿五 (Wěi Xiù wǔ), "the Fifth Star of Tail".[20]


The primary (θ Scorpii A) is an evolved bright giant star with a stellar classification of F0 II.[3] With a mass 5.7 times that of the Sun, it has expanded to about 26[8] times the Sun's radius. It is radiating 1,834[7] times as much luminosity as the Sun from its outer envelope at an effective temperature of 7,268 K,[7] giving it the yellow-white hued glow of an F-type star. This star is rotating rapidly, giving it an oblate shape with an equatorial radius 19% larger than the polar radius.[10]

The magnitude 5.36 companion (θ Scorpii B) is at an angular separation of 6.470 arcseconds.[21]

Modern legacy[edit]

θ Scorpii appears on the flag of Brazil, symbolising the state of Alagoas.[22]


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  18. ^ "WG Triennial Report (2015-2018) - Star Names" (PDF). p. 5. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  19. ^ (in Chinese) 中國星座神話, written by 陳久金. Published by 台灣書房出版有限公司, 2005, ISBN 978-986-7332-25-7.
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  22. ^ "Astronomy of the Brazilian Flag". FOTW Flags Of The World website.

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