Chi Herculis

Stellar classification



  • X -31
  • Y 40
  • Z 13
→ Sol: 52

Object type

  • High proper-motion Star
  • Star
  • Infra-Red source
  • Rotationally variable Star
  • UV-emission source
simbad:* chi Her


Chi Herculis, Latinized from χ Herculis, is a Sun-like star in the northern constellation of Hercules. Based upon an annual parallax shift of 62.92 mas as seen from Earth, it is located 51.8 light years from the Sun. The star is faintly visible to the naked eye with an apparent visual magnitude of 4.59. It has a relatively high proper motion, showing a transverse movement of 0.769 arc seconds per year.

This is a suspected binary star system for which orbital elements have been published, listing a circular orbit with period of 51.3 days. However, sources do not confirm this and so the binarity remains in doubt. The observable component is a G-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of G0V Fe-0.8 CH-0.5, indicating abnormal deficiencies in iron and the CH molecule. The surface magnetic activity for this star is distinctly lower than the typical level for regular stars, and hence it is considered a good candidate for being in a Maunder minimum phase.

Chi Herculis is an older star with an estimated age of 7.4 billion years and is spinning with a projected rotational velocity of 2.4. It has a mass slightly higher than the Sun and 1.7 times the Sun's radius. The star's photosphere is radiating 3.24 times the Sun's luminosity at an effective temperature of 5,837. Chi Herculis has been examined for the presence of an infrared excess that could indicate an orbiting debris disk, but none was found.

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