Tau2 Lupi

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Tau2 Lupi
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Lupus
Right ascension 14h 26m 10.81378s[1]
Declination −45° 22′ 45.4023″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.34[2] (4.93 + 5.55)[3]
Spectral type F4 IV + A7:[3]
U−B color index +0.16[2]
B−V color index +0.43[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) −0.60±1.60[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +14.62[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −7.33[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 10.22 ± 0.31[1] mas
Distance 319 ± 10 ly
(98 ± 3 pc)
Period (P) 26.2 yr
Semi-major axis (a) 0.125″
Eccentricity (e) 0.94
Inclination (i) 56.0°
Longitude of the node (Ω) 175.7°
Periastron epoch (T) 1969.1
Argument of periastron (ω)
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 0[6] km/s
Other designations
τ2 Lup, CD−44° 9323, HD 126354, HIP 70576, HR 5396, SAO 224920.[7]
Database references

Tau2 Lupi (τ2 Lup) is a binary star[3] system in the constellation Lupus. It is visible to the naked eye with a combined apparent visual magnitude of 4.34.[2] Based upon an annual parallax shift of 10.22[1] mas as seen from Earth, it is located around 319 light years from the Sun. The two components orbit each other with a period of 26.2 years and a high eccentricity of 0.94.[5] The brighter component is a magnitude 4.93 subgiant star with a stellar classification of F4 IV. Its companion is an A-type star with visual magnitude 5.55 and class A7:.[3]


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  5. ^ a b Heintz, W. D. (August 1986), "Orbits of 20 visual binaries", Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series, 65 (2): 411−417, Bibcode:1986A&AS...65..411H. 
  6. ^ Uesugi, Akira; Fukuda, Ichiro (1970), "Catalogue of rotational velocities of the stars", Contributions from the Institute of Astrophysics and Kwasan Observatory, University of Kyoto, Bibcode:1970crvs.book.....U. 
  7. ^ "tau02 Lup". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2017-03-10.