Tau Virginis

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τ Virginis
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Virgo
Right ascension 14h 01m 38.79341s[1]
Declination +01° 32′ 40.3145″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.2777±0.0007[2]
Spectral type A2IV/V[3]
U−B color index +0.12[4]
B−V color index +0.11[4]
Radial velocity (Rv) −6.7±0.9[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +17.49[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −21.27[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 14.50 ± 0.18[1] mas
Distance 225 ± 3 ly
(69.0 ± 0.9 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) +0.5[6]
Mass 1.96[7] M
Radius 1.6[8] R
Luminosity 70[9] L
Surface gravity (log g) 3.39[7] cgs
Temperature 8,413±286[7] K
Metallicity [Fe/H] −0.19[10] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 186[11] km/s
Age 724[7] Myr
Other designations
τ Vir, 93 Virginis, BD+02° 2761, FK5 516, HD 122408, HIP 68520, HR 5264, SAO 120238.[12]
Database references

Tau Virginis (τ Vir, τ Virginis) is a single[13] star in the zodiac constellation Virgo. With an apparent visual magnitude of 4.28,[2] it is faintly visible to the naked eye. The distance to Tau Virginis, based upon parallax measurements, is approximately 225 light years with a margin of error of ±3 light years.

This star has a stellar classification of A2IV/V,[3] which matches the spectrum of an A-type main sequence star mixed with spectral traits of a subgiant. It is about 700[7] million years old and is spinning rapidly with a projected rotational velocity of 186 km/s.[11] The star has nearly double[7] the mass of the Sun and about 160% of the Sun's radius.[8] It shines with 70[9] times the luminosity of the Sun and has an effective temperature of 8413 K in its outer atmosphere.[7]

Tau Virginis has multiple visual companions, listed below:[14]

Companion Visual
B 9.41 82.70 287° 2012
C 13.10 176.70″ 353° 2000
D 9.68 342.70″ 85° 2012
E 12.00 14.6″ 175° 2009


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  10. ^ Morossi, C.; et al. (September 2002), "Metallicity Determinations from Ultraviolet-Visual Spectrophotometry. I. The Test Sample", The Astrophysical Journal, 577 (1): 377–388, Bibcode:2002ApJ...577..377M, doi:10.1086/342144. 
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  13. ^ Eggleton, P. P.; Tokovinin, A. A. (September 2008), "A catalogue of multiplicity among bright stellar systems", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 389 (2): 869–879, Bibcode:2008MNRAS.389..869E, arXiv:0806.2878Freely accessible, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13596.x. 
  14. ^ Mason, B. D.; et al. (2014), "The Washington Visual Double Star Catalog", The Astronomical Journal, 122: 3466–3471, Bibcode:2001AJ....122.3466M, doi:10.1086/323920, retrieved 2015-07-22.