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ε Corvi
Corvus constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of ε Corvi (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000       Equinox J2000
Constellation Corvus
Right ascension 12h 10m 07.48058s [1]
Declination –22° 37′ 11.1620″ [1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +3.024 [2]
Spectral type K2 III [3]
U−B color index +1.458 [2]
B−V color index +1.318 [2]
Radial velocity (Rv)+4.9 [4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: –71.74  mas/ yr
Dec.: +10.25  mas/ yr
Parallax (π)10.26 ± 0.16  mas [1]
Distance318 ± 5  ly
(97 ± 2  pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)−1.82+0.15
Mass3.2 [6]  M
Radius52 [7]  R
Surface gravity (log g)2.16 [8]  cgs
Temperature4320 [8]  K
Metallicity [Fe/H]–0.13 [8]  dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)1.0 [6] km/s
Other designations
2 Crv, BD−21° 3487, FK5 453, HD 105707, HIP 59316, HR 4630, SAO 180531. [9]
Database references

Epsilon Corvi (ε Crv, ε Corvi) is a star in the southern constellation of Corvus. It has the traditional name Minkar /ˈmɪŋkɑːr/, from Arabic منقار minqar meaning "beak [of the crow]" [10] The apparent visual magnitude is +3.0 [2] and it is located at a distance of 318 light-years (97 parsecs) from Earth. [1]

In Chinese, 軫宿 (Zhěn Sù), meaning Chariot (asterism), refers to an asterism consisting of ε Corvi, γ Corvi, δ Corvi and β Corvi. [11] Consequently, ε Corvi itself is known as 軫宿二 (Zhěn Sù èr, English: the Second Star of Chariot.). [12]

Epsilon Corvi is a red giant with a stellar classification of K2 III, having consumed the hydrogen at its core and evolved away from the main sequence. It has about three times the Sun's mass. [6] The interferometry-measured angular diameter of this star is about 4.99  mas, [13] which, at its estimated distance, equates to a physical radius of about 52 times the radius of the Sun. [7] The effective temperature of the outer envelope is 4320 K, [8] giving it an orange hue that is characteristic of a K-type star. [14] Around 4 times as massive as the Sun, it spent much of its life as a main sequence star of spectral type B5V. [15]


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