Eta Hydrae (η Hydrae) is the Bayer designation for a star in the equatorial constellation of Hydra. With an apparent visual magnitude of 4.3,[2] it is visible to the naked eye. However, it is the faintest of the five stars that form the "head" of the hydra.[11] Based upon an annual parallax shift of 5.56 mas,[1] it is located roughly 590 light years from the Sun.

Eta Hydrae
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Hydra
Right ascension 08h 43m 13.47499s[1]
Declination +03° 23′ 55.1867″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.294[2]
Spectral type B3 V[3]
U−B color index −0.726[2]
B−V color index −0.187[2]
Variable type Candidate β Cep[4]
Proper motion (μ) RA: −19.39[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −1.08[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)5.56 ± 0.24 mas[1]
Distance590 ± 30 ly
(180 ± 8 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)−1.48[5]
Mass7.0±0.1[6] M
Radius3.9[7] R
Luminosity (bolometric)2,680[8] L
Surface gravity (log g)3.933[9] cgs
Temperature18,630±411[9] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i)101±5[9] km/s
Age31.6±3.9[6] Myr
Other designations
η Hya, 7 Hydrae, BD+03° 2039, FK5 2687, HD 74280, HIP 42799, HR 3454, SAO 117050.[10]
Database references

This is a B-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of B3V.[3] It has been classified as a candidate Beta Cephei variable with a period of 2.2 days, although this designation was rejected by Stankov and Handler (2005).[4] The spectrum shows a slight underabundance of carbon, compared to the Sun.[12] The star is around 32[6] million years old and is spinning with a projected rotational velocity of 101[9] km/s. It has an estimated seven[6] times the mass of the Sun and nearly four[7] times the Sun's radius. Eta Hydrae radiates 2,680[8] times the solar luminosity from its outer atmosphere at an effective temperature of 18,630[9] K.

Name and etymologyEdit

This star, along with δ Hya (Lisan al Sudja), ε Hya, ζ Hya, ρ Hya and σ Hya (Minchir), were Ulug Beg's Min al Azʽal, "Belonging to the Uninhabited Spot".[13] According to the catalogue of stars in the Technical Memorandum 33-507 - A Reduced Star Catalog Containing 537 Named Stars, Min al Azʽal or Minazal were the title for five stars:δ Hya as Minazal I, η Hya as Minazal II, ε Hya as Minazal III, ρ Hya as Minazal IV and ζ Hya as Minazal V (exclude σ Hya).[14]

In Chinese, 柳宿 (Liǔ Sù), meaning Willow, refers to an asterism consisting of η Hydrae, δ Hydra, σ Hydrae, ρ Hydrae, ε Hydrae, ζ Hydrae, ω Hydrae and θ Hydrae[15] Consequently, η Hydrae itself is known as 柳宿三 (Liǔ Sù sān, English: the Third Star of Willow).[16]

The people of Groote Eylandt called Unwala, "The Crab", for the star cluster including this star, δ Hya (Lisan al Sudja), ε Hya, ζ Hya, ρ Hya and σ Hya (Minchir).[17]


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