Upsilon Librae

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Upsilon Librae
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Libra
Right ascension 15h 37m 01.45020s[1]
Declination −28° 08′ 06.2926″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 3.628[2]
Spectral type K3 III[3]
U−B color index +1.586[2]
B−V color index +1.374[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) −24.9±0.7[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −12.82[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −4.15[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 14.58 ± 0.19[1] mas
Distance 224 ± 3 ly
(68.6 ± 0.9 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) −0.28[5]
Mass 1.67 M
Radius 31.5[7] R
Luminosity 309 L
Surface gravity (log g) 1.58 cgs
Temperature 4,135±20 K
Metallicity [Fe/H] −0.02 dex
Age 3.14 Gyr
Other designations
υ Lib, 39 Lib, CD−27° 10464, FK5 579, HD 139063, HIP 76470, HR 5794, SAO 183619.[8]
Database references

Upsilon Librae (υ Lib, υ Librae) is the Bayer designation for a double star[9] in the zodiac constellation Libra. With an apparent visual magnitude of 3.628,[2] it is visible to the naked eye. The distance to this star, based upon an annual parallax shift of 14.58,[1] is around 224 light years. It has a magnitude 10.8 companion at an angular separation of 2.0 arc seconds along a position angle of 151°, as of 2002.[10]

The brighter component is an evolved K-type giant star with a stellar classification of K3 III.[3] The measured angular diameter, after correction for limb darkening, is 4.27±0.05 mas.[11] At the estimated distance of the star, this yields a physical size of about 31.5 times the radius of the Sun.[7] It has 1.67 times the mass of the Sun and radiates 309 times the solar luminosity from its outer atmosphere at an effective temperature of 4,135 K.[6] The star is about three billion years old.[6]


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  4. ^ de Bruijne, J. H. J.; Eilers, A.-C. (October 2012), "Radial velocities for the HIPPARCOS-Gaia Hundred-Thousand-Proper-Motion project", Astronomy & Astrophysics, 546: 14, arXiv:1208.3048Freely accessible, Bibcode:2012A&A...546A..61D, doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201219219, A61. 
  5. ^ Ryon, Jenna; et al. (August 2009), "Comparing the Ca ii H and K Emission Lines in Red Giant Stars", Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 121 (882): 842, arXiv:0907.3346Freely accessible, Bibcode:2009PASP..121..842R, doi:10.1086/605456. 
  6. ^ a b c Luck, R. Earle (September 2015), "Abundances in the Local Region. I. G and K Giants", The Astronomical Journal, 150 (3): 23, arXiv:1507.01466Freely accessible, Bibcode:2015AJ....150...88L, doi:10.1088/0004-6256/150/3/88, 88. 
  7. ^ 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:
  8. ^ "ups Lib". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2017-01-30. 
  9. ^ 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, arXiv:0806.2878Freely accessible, Bibcode:2008MNRAS.389..869E, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13596.x. 
  10. ^ Mason, B. D.; et al. (2014), The Washington Visual Double Star Catalog, Bibcode:2001AJ....122.3466M, doi:10.1086/323920 
  11. ^ Richichi, A.; et al. (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.