S Apodis
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S Apodis
S Apodis
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Apus
 15h 09m 24.53447s[1]
Declination -72° 03′ 45.1898″[1]
Spectral type C
Variable type R Coronae Borealis variable
Radial velocity (Rv)-75.00 km/s
Proper motion (?) RA: -6.509 ± 0.036[3] mas/yr
Dec.: -2.099 ± 0.044 [3] mas/yr
Parallax (?)0.2426 ± 0.0253[3] mas
Distanceapprox. 13,000 ly
(approx. 4,100 pc)
Luminosity960[4] L
Temperature3916[4] K
Other designations
CD-71° 1120, HD 133444, HIP 74179
Database references

S Apodis (HD 133444) is an R Coronae Borealis variable star located in the far southern constellation Apus. These are extremely hydrogen-deficient supergiants thought to have arisen as the result of the merger of two white dwarfs; fewer than 100 have been discovered as of 2012.[2] Located around 13,000 light-years distant, it shines with a luminosity approximately 960 times that of the Sun and has a surface temperature of 3916 K.[4]


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  2. ^ a b Tisserand; Clayton; Welch; Pilecki; Wyrzykowski; Kilkenny (2012). "The Ongoing Pursuit of R Coronae Borealis Stars: ASAS-3 Survey Strikes Again". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 551: 22. arXiv:1211.2475. Bibcode:2013A&A...551A..77T. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201220713. A77.
  3. ^ a b c Brown, A. G. A.; et al. (Gaia collaboration) (August 2018). "Gaia Data Release 2: Summary of the contents and survey properties". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 616. A1. arXiv:1804.09365. Bibcode:2018A&A...616A...1G. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201833051.
  4. ^ a b c McDonald, I.; Zijlstra, A. A.; Boyer, M. L. (2012). "Fundamental Parameters and Infrared Excesses of Hipparcos Stars". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 427 (1): 343-57. arXiv:1208.2037. Bibcode:2012MNRAS.427..343M. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.21873.x.

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