44 Ophiuchi

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44 Ophiuchi
Ophiuchus constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of 44 Ophiuchi (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Ophiuchus
Right ascension  17h 26m 22.21749s[1]
Declination −24° 10′ 31.1190″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.16[2]
Spectral type kA5hA9mF1III[3]
U−B color index +0.12[4]
B−V color index +0.28[4]
Radial velocity (Rv)−37.20[5] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +0.10[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −118.18[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)39.22 ± 0.24[1] mas
Distance83.2 ± 0.5 ly
(25.5 ± 0.2 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)2.13[2]
Mass1.77[6] M
Radius1.9[7] R
Luminosity13[6] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.15[8] cgs
Temperature7,559[8] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]+0.30[2] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)78[6] km/s
Age1.028[8] Gyr
Other designations
b Oph, 44 Oph, CD−24°13337, FK5 1457, GC 23597, GJ 9591, HD 157792, HIP 85340, HR 6486, SAO 185401[9]
Database references

44 Ophiuchi is a single[10] star in the constellation Ophiuchus. It has the Bayer designation b Ophiuchi, while 44 Ophiuchi is the Flamsteed designation. It is visible to the naked eye as a faint, white-hued star with an apparent visual magnitude of 4.16.[2] The distance to this object is approximately 83.2 light years based on parallax.[1] It is drifting closer to the Earth with a heliocentric radial velocity of -37.2 km/s,[5] and is predicted to come within 30 light-years around 585,000 years from now.[11]

This is an Am star with a stellar classification of kA5hA9mF1III,[3] indicating it has the luminosity class of a giant star with a spectrum that matches an A5 star based on the calcium K line, and an A9 star from the hydrogen and metal lines. It is around a billion years old[8] with 1.77[6] times the mass of the Sun and 1.9[7] times the Sun's girth. The star is radiating 13[6] times the Sun's luminosity from its photosphere at an effective temperature of 7,559 K.[8] It retains a moderately high rotation rate, showing a projected rotational velocity of 78 km/s.[6]


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