Theta Volantis

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δ Volantis
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Location of θ Volantis
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Volans
Right ascension 08h 39m 05.16145s[1]
Declination −70° 23′ 12.2826″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 5.19[2]
Spectral type A0 V[3]
U−B color index −0.03[4]
B−V color index +0.01[4]
Radial velocity (Rv) 13.00±4.2[2] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +19.15[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −38.28[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 13.58 ± 0.20[1] mas
Distance 240 ± 4 ly
(74 ± 1 pc)
Mass 2.3[5] M
Luminosity 37[6] L
Surface gravity (log g) 4.08[5] cgs
Temperature 8,753[6] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 98[5] km/s
Age 185−364[5] Myr
Other designations
θ Vol, CP−69° 946, FK5 2683, HD 74405, HIP 42425, HR 3460, SAO 256535.[7]
Database references

Theta Volantis (θ Vol, θ Volantis) is a solitary[8][9] star in the southern constellation of Volans. Based upon parallax measurements, is approximately 240 light years from the Sun. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 5.19,[2] which is bright enough to be faintly visible to the naked eye.

Theta Volantis is a A-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of A0 V[3] and a mass around 2.3 times that of the Sun. It is a young star with an estimated age of a few hundred million years, and is spinning rapidly with a projected rotational velocity of 98 km/s.[5] Theta Volantis shines 37 times as brightly as the Sun, with an effective temperature of 8,753 K in its outer atmosphere.[6]

The star has two optical companions: a magnitude 15.0 star at an angular separation of 22.10 along a position angle of 58°, and a magnitude 10.64 star at an angular separation of 41.3″ along a position angle of 105° (both as of 2000).[10]


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  7. ^ "tet Vol -- Star", SIMBAD Astronomical Database, Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ De Rosa, R. J.; et al. (2013), "The VAST Survey - III. The multiplicity of A-type stars within 75 pc", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 437 (2): 1216, Bibcode:2014MNRAS.437.1216D, arXiv:1311.7141Freely accessible, doi:10.1093/mnras/stt1932. 
  10. ^ Mason, B. D.; et al. (2014), The Washington Visual Double Star Catalog, Bibcode:2001AJ....122.3466M, doi:10.1086/323920.