Zeta Capricorni

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Zeta Capricorni
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Location of ζ Capricorni (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Capricornus
Right ascension 21h 26m 40.02634s[1]
Declination −22° 24′ 40.8042″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 3.74[2]
Spectral type G8IIIp / DA2.2[2]
U−B color index +0.57[3]
B−V color index +0.99[3]
Radial velocity (Rv) 2.10[2] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: -2.23[1] mas/yr
Dec.: 18.10[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 8.46 ± 0.21[1] mas
Distance 386 ± 10 ly
(118 ± 3 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) 0.88
Primary Zeta Capricorni A
Companion Zeta Capricorni B
Period (P) 2378.2 days
Semi-major axis (a) 8.56 mas
Eccentricity (e) 0.2821
Inclination (i) 111.7°
Longitude of the node (Ω) 190.7°
Periastron epoch (T) 2445996
Argument of periastron (ω)
Zeta Capricorni A
Mass ~4[5] M
Radius ~29[5] R
Luminosity 490[5] L
Surface gravity (log g) 2.37 cgs
Temperature 5428[6] K
Metallicity [Fe/H] 0.18 dex
Other designations
ζ Cap, 34 Cap, CD-22° 15388, HD 204075, HIP 105881, SAO 190341, HR 8204, GC 30020, CCDM J21267-2225AB, WDS J21267-2225AB
Database references

Zeta Capricorni, (ζ Cap, ζ Capricorni), is a fourth-magnitude star in the constellation Capricornus. ζ Capricorni is a binary star, with the primary component ζ Capricorni A being a yellow G-type giant with an apparent magnitude of +3.77. It is considered one of the prototypical examples of a Barium star, properties of which include overabundances of carbon molecules (such as C2) and s-process elements. Zeta Capricorni has an overabundance of the s-process element praseodymium.

Its companion, ζ Capricorni B is a white dwarf.

The ζ Capricorni binary system is approximately 390 light years from Earth.

Chinese Name[edit]

In Chinese, 十二國 (Shíer Guó), meaning Twelve States, refers to an asterism which represents twelve ancient states in the Spring and Autumn period and the Warring States period, consisting of ζ Capricorni, φ Capricorni, ι Capricorni, 38 Capricorni, 35 Capricorni, 36 Capricorni, χ Capricorni, θ Capricorni, 30 Capricorni, 33 Capricorni, 19 Capricorni, 26 Capricorni, 27 Capricorni, 20 Capricorni, η Capricorni and 21 Capricorni.[7] Consequently, ζ Capricorni itself represents the state of Yan ().,[8] together with ν Ophiuchi in Left Wall of Heavenly Market Enclosure (asterism).[9]


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  9. ^ (Chinese) AEEA (Activities of Exhibition and Education in Astronomy) 天文教育資訊網 2006 年 6 月 23 日