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PostSubject: The Guild Info   Wed Jan 23, 2008 8:39 am

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Arcturus (α Boo / α Bo÷tis / Alpha Bo÷tis) (IPA: /ɑrkˈtjʊərəs/) is the brightest star in the constellation Bo÷tes, and the third brightest star in the night sky, with a visual magnitude of −0.05, after Sirius and Canopus, although it is fainter than the combined light of the two main components of Alpha Centauri, which are too close together for the eye to resolve as separate sources of light, making Arcturus appear to be the fourth brightest. It is the second brightest star visible from northern latitudes and the brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere. The star is in the Local Interstellar Cloud.

An easy way to find Arcturus is to follow the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper. By continuing in this path, one can find Spica (α Virginis) as well — leading to the coinage of the popular maxim, "Arc to Arcturus, then speed on to Spica."


Arcturus is a type K1.5 IIIpe red giant star — the letters "pe" stand for "peculiar emission," which indicates that the spectrum of light given off by the star is unusual and full of emission lines. This is not too uncommon in red giants, but Arcturus has a particularly strong case of the phenomenon. It is at least 110 times more luminous than the Sun, but this underestimates its strength as much of the "light" it gives off is in the infrared; total power output is about 180 times that of the Sun. The lower output in visible light is due to a lower efficacy as the star has a lower surface temperature than the Sun.

Arcturus is notable for its high proper motion, larger than any first magnitude star in the stellar neighborhood other than α Centauri. It is now almost[2] at its closest point to the Sun, and is moving rapidly (122 km/s) relative to the solar system. Arcturus is thought to be an old disk star, and appears to be moving with a group of 52 other such stars. Its mass is hard to exactly determine, but may be about the same as the Sun, and is no more than 1.5 solar masses. Arcturus is likely to be considerably older than the Sun, and much like what the Sun will be in its red giant phase.

Arcturus' size relative to the Sun

According to the Hipparcos satellite, Arcturus is 36.7 light years (11.3 parsecs) from Earth, relatively close in astronomical terms. Hipparcos also suggested that Arcturus is a binary star, with the companion about twenty times dimmer than the primary and orbiting close enough to be at the very limits of our current ability to make it out. The most recent studies of the issue are generally coming down on the side of it being a single star, however.

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PostSubject: Re: The Guild Info   Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:31 am

I might mension that Arcturus is an awsome band from norway ^^,
Tho WE worship the star for its beauty! <3 hehe
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PostSubject: Re: The Guild Info   Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:11 pm

Nice I finaly know from where the name is
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PostSubject: Re: The Guild Info   Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:38 am

^^, Everyday its a new thing Wink lifes great right? ;D

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PostSubject: Re: The Guild Info   Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:41 am

well its an improvement on exitus de orbitus
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PostSubject: Re: The Guild Info   Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:49 am

Welcome to the forums Lstrexvii Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Guild Info   Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:23 am

Thank you =) rabbit
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