Alpha Centauri

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Alpha Centauri
Alpha, Beta and Proxima Centauri (1).jpg
α Centauri AB is the bricht starn tae the left, wi Proxima Centauri circled in reid. The bricht starn tae the richt is β Centauri
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Centaurus
Alpha Centauri A
Richt ascension 14h 39m 36.49400s[1]
Declination –60° 50′ 02.3737″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +0.01[2]
Alpha Centauri B
Richt ascension 14h 39m 35.06311s[1]
Declination –60° 50′ 15.0992″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +1.33[2]
Spectral type G2V[3]
U−B colour index +0.24[2]
B−V colour index +0.71[2]
Spectral teep K1V[3]
U−B colour index +0.68[2]
B−V colour index +0.88[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)−21.4±0.76[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −3679.25[1] mas/yr
Dec.: 473.67[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)754.81 ± 4.11[1] mas
Distance4.37[5] ly
Absolute magnitude (MV)4.38[6]
Radial velocity (Rv)−18.6±1.64[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −3614.39[1] mas/yr
Dec.: 802.98[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)754.81 ± 4.11[1] mas
Distance4.37[5] ly
Absolute magnitude (MV)5.71[6]
Alpha Centauri A
Mass1.100[7] M
Radius1.2234±0.0053[8] R
Luminosity1.519[7] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.30[9] cgs
Temperatur5,790[7] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]0.20[7] dex
Rotation22[10] days
Age≈4.4[11] Gyr
Alpha Centauri B
Mass0.907[7] M
Radius0.8632±0.0037[8] R
Luminosity0.5002[7] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.37[9] cgs
Temperatur5,260[7] K
Rotation41[10] days
Age≈6.5[11] Gyr
Period (P)79.91±0.011 yr
Semi-major axis (a)17.57±0.022
Eccentricity (e)0.5179±0.00076
Inclination (i)79.205±0.041°
Longitude o the node (Ω)204.85±0.084°
Periastron epoch (T)1875.66±0.012
Argument o periastron (ω)
Ither designations
Toliman, Bungula, Gliese 559, FK5 538, CD−60°5483, CCDM J14396-6050, GC 19728
α Cen A: Rigil Kentaurus, Rigil Kent, α1 Centauri, HR 5459, HD 128620, GCTP 3309.00, LHS 50, SAO 252838, HIP 71683
α Cen B: α2 Centauri, HR 5460, HD 128621, LHS 51, HIP 71681
Database references
Exoplanet Archivedata
Extrasolar Planets

Alpha Centauri (α Centauri, abbreviatit Alf Cen, α Cen) is the closest starn seestem tae the Solar Seestem, bein 4.37 light-years (1.34 pc) frae the Sun.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

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Coordinates: Sky map 14h 39m 36.4951s, −60° 50′ 02.308″