We used the CHARA Array to directly measure the angular diameter of HD 69830, home to three Neptune mass planets and an asteroid belt. Our measurement of 0.674 ± 0.014 mas for the limb-darkened angular diameter of this star leads to a physical radius of R ∗ = 0.9058 ± 0.0190 R ⊙ and luminosity of L ∗ = 0.622 ± 0.014 L ⊙ when combined with a fit to the spectral energy distribution of the star. Placing these observed values on an Hertzsprung-Russel diagram along with stellar evolution isochrones produces an age of 10.6 ± 4 Gyr and mass of 0.863 ± 0.043 M ⊙. We use archival optical echelle spectra of HD 69830 along with an iterative spectral fitting technique to measure the iron abundance ([Fe/H] = -0.04 ± 0.03), effective temperature (5385 ± 44 K), and surface gravity (log g = 4.49 ± 0.06). We use these new values for the temperature and luminosity to calculate a more precise age of 7.5 ± 3 Gyr. Applying the values of stellar luminosity and radius to recent models on the optimistic location of the habitable zone produces a range of 0.61-1.44 AU; partially outside the orbit of the furthest known planet (d) around HD 69830. Finally, we estimate the snow line at a distance of 1.95 ± 0.19 AU, which is outside the orbit of all three planets and its asteroid belt.
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Tanner, A., Boyajian, T., Von Braun, K., Kane, S., Brewer, J., Farrington, C., Van Belle, G., Beichman, C., Fischer, D., Brummelaar, T., McAlister, H., & Schaefer, G. (2015). Stellar parameters for HD 69830, a nearby star with three Neptune mass planets and an asteroid belt. Astrophysical Journal, 800 (2) https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/800/2/115