Tau Ursae Majoris

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Tau Ursae Majoris
Diagram showing star positions and boundaries of the Ursa Major constellation and its surroundings
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Location of τ Ursae Majoris (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Ursa Major
Right ascension  09h 10m 55.06553s[1]
Declination +63° 30′ 49.0553″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.66[2]
Spectral type kA5hF0mF5 II[3]
U−B color index +0.14[2]
B−V color index +0.35[2]
Radial velocity (Rv) −9.80±0.30[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +102.37[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −63.55[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 25.82 ± 0.54[1] mas
Distance 126 ± 3 ly
(38.7 ± 0.8 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) +1.73[5]
Period (P) 1,062.4 d
Eccentricity (e) 0.48
Periastron epoch (T) 2425721.6 JD
Argument of periastron (ω)
Semi-amplitude (K1)
3.9 km/s
τ UMa A
Mass 1.8±0.1[7] M
Luminosity 16[8] L
Surface gravity (log g) 3.86±0.43[9] cgs
Temperature 7,343±100[9] K
Metallicity [Fe/H] +0.57±0.15[9] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i) 21[10] km/s
Other designations
τ UMa, 14 Ursae Majoris, BD+64°723, FK5 2727, HD 78362, HIP 45075, HR 3624, SAO 14796, WDS J09109+6331A[11]
Database references

Tau Ursae Majoris (τ UMa) is the Bayer designation for a binary star in the northern circumpolar constellation of Ursa Major. It is visible to the naked eye, having an apparent visual magnitude of 4.66.[2] With an annual parallax shift of 25.82 mas,[1] it is located about 126 light years from the Sun. At that distance, the visual magnitude is diminished by an extinction factor of 0.19 due to interstellar dust.[9]

This is a single-lined spectroscopic binary star system with an orbital period of 2.9 years and an eccentricity of 0.48.[6] The primary member, component A, is an evolved bright giant with a stellar classification of kA5hF0mF5 II.[3] This notation indicates the star's spectrum shows the calcium K lines of an A5 star, the hydrogen lines of an F0 star, and the metallic lines of an F5 star.[12] It is an evolved Am star of the ρ Puppis type, a class of evolved stars showing the Am chemical peculiarities.[13] It is located in the instability strip of the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram but is not thought to be variable.[7]


With φ, h, υ, θ, e, and f, it composed the Arabic asterism Sarīr Banāt al-Na'sh, the Throne of the daughters of Na'sh, and Al-Haud, the Pond[14]. According to the catalogue of stars in the Technical Memorandum 33-507 - A Reduced Star Catalog Containing 537 Named Stars, Al-Haud were the title for seven stars : f as Alhaud I, this star (τ) as Alhaud II, e as Alhaud III, h as Alhaud IV, θ as Alhaud V, υ as Alhaud VI and φ as Alhaud VII .[15]


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  14. ^ Allen, Richard Hinckley (1899), Star-Names and Their Meanings, New York: G. E. Stechert, p. 442.
  15. ^ Rhoads, Jack W. (November 15, 1971), Technical Memorandum 33-507-A Reduced Star Catalog Containing 537 Named Stars (PDF), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.