Xi Coronae Borealis

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Xi Coronae Borealis
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Corona Borealis
Right ascension 16h 22m 05.82391s[1]
Declination +30° 53′ 31.1837″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.85[2]
Spectral type K0 III[3]
U−B color index +0.80[2]
B−V color index +0.97[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)−29.20±0.16[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −97.43[1] mas/yr
Dec.: +107.45[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)17.78 ± 0.25[1] mas
Distance183 ± 3 ly
(56.2 ± 0.8 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)+1.04[5]
Mass2.36[5] M
Luminosity36 L
Surface gravity (log g)2.9 cgs
Temperature4,853±5 K
Metallicity [Fe/H]−0.08 dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)2.8 km/s
Age676[5] Myr
Other designations
ξ CrB, 19 CrB, BD+31° 2845, HD 147677, HIP 80181, HR 6103, SAO 65254, WDS J16221+3054A[6]
Database references

Xi Coronae Borealis (ξ CrB) is a binary star[3] system in the northern constellation of Corona Borealis. It is visible to the naked eye with a combined apparent visual magnitude of 4.85.[2] Based upon an annual parallax shift of 17.78 mas as seen from the Earth,[1] it is located about 183 light years from the Sun.

As of 2009, the pair had an angular separation of 91 mas along a position angle of 139.4°.[7] The brighter member, component Aa,[7] is an evolved K-type giant star with a stellar classification of K0 III.[3] It is a red clump star that is generating energy by helium fusion at its core.[8] The star has an estimated 2.36 times the mass of the Sun and has expanded to 8 times the Sun's radius. It is radiating 36 times the solar luminosity from its photosphere at an effective temperature of 4,853 K.[4]


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  6. ^ "ksi CrB". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  7. ^ a b Hartkopf, William I.; Mason, Brian D. (2009), "Speckle Interferometry at Mount Wilson Observatory: Observations Obtained in 2006-2007 and 35 New Orbits", The Astronomical Journal, 138 (3): 813, Bibcode:2009AJ....138..813H, doi:10.1088/0004-6256/138/3/813.
  8. ^ Alves, David R. (August 2000), "K-Band Calibration of the Red Clump Luminosity", The Astrophysical Journal, 539 (2): 732–741, arXiv:astro-ph/0003329, Bibcode:2000ApJ...539..732A, doi:10.1086/309278.