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Mimosa (Beta Crucis)





The second brightest star of in the constellation Crux; its relatively modern name, which comes from the Latin for "actor" (and is also a word used in botany), is of unknown origin. Mimosa is a hot giant B star and also a binary whose components are only about 8 AU apart – too close to resolve – and have an orbital period of 5 years. Mimosa is also a multiply-periodic Beta Cephei star that varies between magnitudes 1.23 and 1.31 with periods of 5.68, 3.87, and 2.91 hours.


visual magnitude 1.25
absolute magnitude -3.92
spectral type B0.5III
surface temperature 27,600 K
luminosity 34,000 Lsun
mass 14 Msun
distance 353 light-years
position R.A. 12h 47m 43.2s,
Dec. -59 41' 19"


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