Tau2 Aquarii

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For other star systems with this Bayer designation, see Tau Aquarii.
τ2 Aquarii
Aquarius constellation map.svg
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Location of τ2 Aquarii (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Aquarius
Right ascension 22h 49m 35.50157s[1]
Declination –13° 35′ 33.4767″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +4.042[2]
Spectral type K5 III[3]
U−B color index +1.948[2]
B−V color index +1.566[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) +1.0[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: –13.71[1] mas/yr
Dec.: –39.03[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 10.27 ± 0.29[1] mas
Distance 318 ± 9 ly
(97 ± 3 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) −1.28[5]
Radius 53[6] R
Other designations
Tau Aquarii, 71 Aquarii, BD–14 6354, FK5 861, HD 216032, HIP 112716, HR 8679, NSV 14329, SAO 165321.[7]

Tau2 Aquarii2 Aqr, τ2 Aquarii) is the Bayer designation for a star in the equatorial constellation of Aquarius. It is visible to the naked eye with an apparent visual magnitude of +4.0.[2] This is an orange-hued[8] giant star with a stellar classification of K5 III.[3] The measured angular diameter, after correction for limb darkening, is 5.12 ± 0.05 mas.[9] At an estimated distance of 318 light-years (97 parsecs) based on parallax measurements,[1] this yields a physical size of about 53 times the radius of the Sun.[6]


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  2. ^ a b c d Gutierrez-Moreno, Adelina; et al. (1966), "A System of photometric standards", Publ. Dept. Astron. Univ. Chile, Publicaciones Universidad de Chile, Department de Astronomy, 1: 1–17, Bibcode:1966PDAUC...1....1G. 
  3. ^ a b Houk, Nancy (1978), "Michigan catalogue of two-dimensional spectral types for the HD stars", Michigan Catalogue of Two-dimensional Spectral Types for the HD Stars. Volume 4, Ann Arbor: Dept. of Astronomy, University of Michigan, 4, Bibcode:1988mcts.book.....H. 
  4. ^ Wielen, R.; et al. (1999), "Sixth Catalogue of Fundamental Stars (FK6). Part I. Basic fundamental stars with direct solutions", Veröff. Astron. Rechen-Inst. Heidelb, Astronomisches Rechen-Institut Heidelberg, 35 (35), Bibcode:1999VeARI..35....1W. 
  5. ^ Pace, G.; Pasquini, L.; Ortolani, S. (2003). "The Wilson-Bappu effect: A tool to determine stellar distances". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 401 (3): 997. arXiv:astro-ph/0301637Freely accessible. Bibcode:2003A&A...401..997P. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20030163. 
  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. ^ "tau Aqr -- Star in double system", SIMBAD, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2012-02-08 
  8. ^ "The Colour of Stars", Australia Telescope, Outreach and Education, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, December 21, 2004, retrieved 2012-01-16 
  9. ^ Richichi, A.; Percheron, I.; Khristoforova, M. (February 2005), "CHARM2: An updated Catalog of High Angular Resolution Measurements", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 431 (2): 773–777, Bibcode:2005A&A...431..773R, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20042039 

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