Equinox J2000.0]] (ICRS)
|Right ascension||05h 19m 00.02850s|
|Declination||+33° 44′ 54.2374″|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||5.38|
|Evolutionary stage||main sequence|
|U−B color index||−0.62|
|B−V color index||−0.167±0.004|
|Variable type||α2 CVn|
|Radial velocity (Rv)||+28.6 km/s|
|Proper motion (μ)|| RA: +13.557 mas/yr |
Dec.: −30.086 mas/yr
|Parallax (π)||6.8800 ± 0.1683 mas|
|Distance||470 ± 10 ly |
(145 ± 4 pc)
|Absolute magnitude (MV)||–0.42|
|Surface gravity (log g)||4.34 ± 0.12 cgs|
|Metallicity [Fe/H]||1.70 dex|
|Rotational velocity (v sin i)||49 km/s|
IQ Aurigae is a (most likely) single, variable star in the northern constellation of Auriga. It is visible to the naked eye as a dim, white-hued star with an apparent visual magnitude that fluctuates around 5.38. The star is located at a distance of about 470 light years from the Sun based on parallax, and is drifting further away with a radial velocity of +28.6 km/s.
This is a magnetic Ap star with a stellar classification of A0pSi. It is known as a silicon star, having a strong line of singly ionized silicon, and may also be helium deficient as the lines of helium are weaker than expected. The star is an Alpha2 Canum Venaticorum-type variable, ranging in magnitude from 5.35 down to 5.43 with a rotationally-modulated period of 2.4660 days. It is an X-ray source with a high luminosity of 4×1029 erg s−1, which may be caused by a combination of shocks in the stellar wind and magnetic reconnection occurring well above the stellar surface. The star has been observed to flare, during which the X-ray emission rose to 3.2×1031 erg s−1.
IQ Aurigae is 6.3 million years old and is spinning with a projected rotational velocity of 49 km/s, giving it a rotation period of 2.47 days. It has nearly four times the mass of the Sun and 2.6 times the Sun's radius. The star is radiating 263 times the luminosity of the Sun from its active photosphere at an effective temperature of 14,454 K.
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