Mu Aurigae

Mu Aurigae, Latinized as μ Aurigae, is the Bayer designation for an unconfirmed binary star[12] in the northern constellation of Auriga. It is visible to the naked eye with an apparent visual magnitude of +4.88.[2] Based upon an annual parallax shift of 20.7218±0.4971 mas as seen from Earth,[7] is located 157 light years from the Sun.

Mu Aurigae
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Auriga
Right ascension 05h 13m 25.71733s[1]
Declination +38° 29′ 04.1879″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +4.88[2]
Spectral type A4 Vm[3][4] (kA3hA8VmA8[5])
U−B color index +0.10[2]
B−V color index +0.18[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)+26.0±1.2[6] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: −19.545[7] mas/yr
Dec.: −72.456[7] mas/yr
Parallax (π)20.7218 ± 0.4971[7] mas
Distance157 ± 4 ly
(48 ± 1 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)+1.47[8]
Mass2.09[9] M
Radius3.15[7] R
Luminosity22.95[7] L
Surface gravity (log g)3.4[10] cgs
Temperature7,500[10] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]−0.3[10] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)80.0[10] km/s
Age560[9] Myr
Other designations
μ Ari, 11 Aurigae, BD+38°1063, FK5 192, HD 33641, HIP 24340, HR 1689, SAO 57755, WDS J05134+3829AB[11]
Database references

This is an A-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of A4 Vm;[4] the 'm' suffix indicating that abnormal abundances of heavier elements appear in the star's spectrum, making this an Am star. It is 560[9] million years old with a projected rotational velocity of 80 km/s.[10] It has double[9] the mass of the Sun and is radiating 23[7] times the Sun's luminosity at an effective temperature of 7,500 K.[10]

A very close companion has been reported using speckle interferometry,[12] but this remains unconfirmed. The separation at discovery in 1986 was 0.07 mas and it was measured at 0.066 mas in 1999. It was catalogued by Hipparcos as a problem binary, indicating that the measurements of its position were not consistent with the motion of a single star, but no satisfactory orbit could be found to match the motion[12]


This star, along with λ Aur and ρ Aur, were Kazwini's Al Ḣibāʽ (ألحباع), the Tent.[13] According to the catalogue of stars in the Technical Memorandum 33-507 - A Reduced Star Catalog Containing 537 Named Stars, Al Ḣibāʽ were the title for three stars : λ Aur as Al Ḣibāʽ I, μ Aur as Al Ḣibāʽ II and σ Aur as Al Ḣibāʽ III.[14]

In Chinese, 天潢 (Tiān Guāng), meaning Celestial Pier, refers to an asterism consisting of μ Aurigae, 19 Aurigae, φ Aurigae, 14 Aurigae and σ Aurigae.[15] Consequently, μ Aurigae itself is known as 天潢五 (Tiān Guāng wu, English: the First Star of Celestial Pier.)[16]


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  15. ^ (in Chinese) 中國星座神話, written by 陳久金. Published by 台灣書房出版有限公司, 2005, ISBN 978-986-7332-25-7.
  16. ^ (in Chinese) AEEA (Activities of Exhibition and Education in Astronomy) 天文教育資訊網 2006 年 7 月 13 日

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