We have used the Sydney University Stellar Interferometer to measure the angular diameter of β Hydri. This star is a nearby G2 subgiant the mean density of which was recently measured with high precision using asteroseismology. We determine the radius and effective temperature of the star to be 1.814 ± 0.017R⊙ (0.9 per cent) and 5872 ± 44 K (0.7 per cent) respectively. By combining the radius with the mean density, as estimated from asteroseismology, we make a direct estimate of the stellar mass. We find a value of 1.07 ± 0.03 M⊙ (2.8 per cent), which agrees with published estimates based on fitting in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, but has much higher precision. These results place valuable constraints on theoretical models of β Hyi and its oscillation frequencies.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2007|
- Stars: fundamental parameters
- Stars: individual: β hyi
- Techniques: interferometric