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104 Tauri - HD32923 - HIP23835

104 Tauri is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Taurus. HIP23835 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD32923. 104 Tauri has alternative name(s), 104 Tauri , 104 Tau.

Location of 104 Tauri

The location of the star in the galaxy is determined by the Right Ascension (R.A.) and Declination (Dec.), these are equivalent to the Longitude and Latitude on the Earth. The Right Ascension is how far expressed in time (hh:mm:ss) the star is along the celestial equator. If the R.A. is positive then its eastwards. The Declination is how far north or south the star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 104 Tauri, the location is 05h 07m 26.68 and +18d38`42.0 .

Proper Motion of 104 Tauri

All stars like planets orbit round a central spot, in the case of planets, its the central star such as the Sun. In the case of a star, its the galactic centre. The constellations that we see today will be different than they were 50,000 years ago or 50,000 years from now. Proper Motion details the movements of these stars and are measured in milliarcseconds. The star is moving 017.93 ± 000.16 towards the north and 534.73 ± 000.33 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 104 Tauri

104 Tauri has a spectral type of G4V. This means the star is a white to yellow coloured main sequence dwarf star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.65 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,722 Kelvin.

104 Tauri has been calculated as 1.57 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,092,078.20.km.

104 Tauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

104 Tauri has an apparent magnitude of 4.91 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. If you used the 1997 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 3.91 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 3.97. Magnitude, whether it be apparent/visual or absolute magnitude is measured by a number, the smaller the number, the brighter the Star is. Our own Sun is the brightest star and therefore has the lowest of all magnitudes, -26.74. A faint star will have a high number.

Distance to 104 Tauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 63.02 which gave the calculated distance to 104 Tauri as 51.76 light years away from Earth or 15.87 parsecs. In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 64.79 which put 104 Tauri at a distance of 50.34 light years or 15.43 parsecs.

It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 51.76 years using the 1997 distance to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Source of Information

The source of the information if it has a Hip I.D. is from Simbad, the Hipparcos data library based at the University at Strasbourg, France. Hipparcos was a E.S.A. satellite operation launched in 1989 for four years. The items in red are values that I've calculated so they could well be wrong. Information regarding Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

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104 Tauri Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional Name104 Tauri
Short Name104 Tau
Alternative Name(s)104 Tauri
Hipparcos Library I.D.23835
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+18 779
Henry Draper Designation32923

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Absolute Magnitude3.91 / 3.97
Apparent Magnitude4.91
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 07m 26.68
Declination (Dec.)+18d38`42.0
1997 Distance from Earth63.02 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 51.76 Light Years
 15.87 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth64.79 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 50.34 Light Years
 15.43 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.17.93 ± 0.16 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.534.73 ± 0.33 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.65
Spectral TypeG4V
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)1.57
Calculated Effective Temperature5,722 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.

Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
32923+18 779.0A5.80000535.0000031.00000G0Yellow

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