Sigma Puppis

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Sigma Puppis
Diagram showing star positions and boundaries of the Puppis constellation and its surroundings
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Location of σ Puppis (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Puppis
Right ascension 07h 29m 13.83049s[1]
Declination –43° 18′ 05.1597″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 3.25[2]
Spectral type K5 III[3]
U−B color index +1.77[2]
B−V color index +1.52[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) +87.7[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: –59.55[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +188.31[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 16.84 ± 0.15[1] mas
Distance 194 ± 2 ly
(59.4 ± 0.5 pc)
Period (P) 257.8 days
Eccentricity (e) 0.17
Periastron epoch (T) 20418.6
Argument of periastron (ω)
Semi-amplitude (K1)
18.6 km/s
σ Pup A
Radius 107[6] R
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 3.0[7] km/s
Other designations
σ Puppis, σ Pup, Sigma Pup, CPD−43  1499, FK5 1194, GC 10040, HD 59717, HIP 36377, HR 2878, SAO 218755, WDS J07292-4318A [8]

Sigma Puppis (Sigma Pup, σ Puppis, σ Pup) is a binary star system in the southern constellation of Puppis. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 3.25,[2] which is bright enough to be visible to the naked eye at night from the southern hemisphere. Through a telescope, it appears as a bright, orange-hued star with a nearby white companion.[9] Parallax measurements indicate this star is located at a distance of about 194 light-years (59 parsecs) from Earth.[1]

This is a spectroscopic binary system,[8] consisting of an orbiting pair of stars that have not been individually resolved with a telescope. Their orbital period is 257.8 days and the eccentricity is 0.17.[5] The pair form an eclipsing binary of the Beta Lyrae type and a period of 130.5 days, or one half of their orbital period. The eclipse of the primary component causes a decline of 0.04 magnitudes, while the secondary eclipse reduces the magnitude by 0.03.[10][11]

The combined stellar classification is K5 III,[3] which matches the spectrum of a giant star. The measured angular diameter of the primary star is 16.71 ± 2.84 mas.[12] At the estimated distance of this system, this yields a physical size of about 107 times the radius of the Sun.[6] The primary component shows the behavior of a slow irregular variable.[10][11]

In addition to its binary components, Sigma Puppis has a more distant companion that has a matching proper motion, suggesting that it may be gravitationally bound to the binary. This magnitude 8.5[9] star is at an angular separation of 22.4 arcseconds with a position angle of 74° from Sigma Puppis, which is equivalent to a projected separation of 1,200 Astronomical Units.[13] In 1970, American astronomer Olin J. Eggen suggested that Sigma Puppis belonged to a moving group of stars that share a similar motion through space, and thereby a common origin. It served as the eponym for this, the σ Puppis group.[14] The existence of this group was later brought into question.[15]


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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 
  3. ^ a b Houk, Nancy (1978), Michigan catalogue of two-dimensional spectral types for the HD stars, Ann Arbor: Dept. of Astronomy, University of Michigan: distributed by University Microfilms International, 
  4. ^ Evans, D. S. (June 20–24, 1966), "The Revision of the General Catalogue of Radial Velocities", in Batten, Alan Henry; Heard, John Frederick, Determination of Radial Velocities and their Applications, Proceedings from IAU Symposium no. 30, University of Toronto: International Astronomical Union, Bibcode:1967IAUS...30...57E 
  5. ^ a b Batten, A. H.; Fletcher, J. M.; Mann, P. J. (1978), "Seventh catalogue of the orbital elements of spectroscopic binary systems", Publications of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory Victoria, 15: 121–295;150–151, Bibcode:1978PDAO...15..121B 
  6. ^ a b Lang, Kenneth R. (2006), Astrophysical formulae, Astronomy and astrophysics library, 1 (3rd ed.), Birkhäuser, ISBN 3-540-29692-1 . The radius (R*) is given by:
  7. ^ Costa, J. M.; et al. (February 2002), "The tidal effects on the lithium abundance of binary systems with giant component", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 382: 1016–1020, arXiv:astro-ph/0111539free to read, Bibcode:2002A&A...382.1016C, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20011676 
  8. ^ a b "sig Pup -- Spectroscopic binary", SIMBAD, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2010-01-05 
  9. ^ a b Plotner, Tammy; Mann, Terry (2007), The Night Sky Companion: A Yearly Guide to Sky-Watching, Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series, Springer, p. 156, ISBN 0-387-71608-4, retrieved 2012-01-11 
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  11. ^ a b Samus, N. N.; Durlevich, O. V. (February 12, 2009), GCVS Variability Types and Distribution Statistics of Designated Variable Stars According to their Types of Variability, Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow University, retrieved 2012-04-18 
  12. ^ Richichi, A.; Percheron, I.; Khristoforova, M. (February 2005), "CHARM2: An updated Catalog of High Angular Resolution Measurements", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 431: 773–777, Bibcode:2005A&A...431..773R, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20042039 
  13. ^ Burnham, Robert (1978), Burnham's celestial handbook: an observer's guide to the universe beyond the solar system, Dover books explaining science, 3 (2nd ed.), Courier Dover Publications, p. 150, ISBN 0-486-23673-0, retrieved 2012-01-11 
  14. ^ Eggen, O. J. (June 1971), "The ζ Herculis, σ Puppis, ∈ Indi, and η Cephei Groups of Old Disk Population Stars", Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 83 (493): 251, Bibcode:1971PASP...83..251E, doi:10.1086/129119 
  15. ^ Taylor, B. J. (October 2000), "A statistical analysis of the metallicities of nine old superclusters and moving groups", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 362: 563–579, Bibcode:2000A&A...362..563T 

Coordinates: Sky map 07h 27m 13.83s, −43° 18′ 05.2″