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120 Tauri

120 Tauri Facts

  • 120 Tauri is a eruptive subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Taurus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • 120 Tauri is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (B2IV-Ve) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 1553.16 light years away from us. Distance

120 Tauri's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1858. HIP26064 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD36576.

120 Tauri has alternative name(s) :- V960 Tau, V960 Tauri, V960 Tau.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John named the stars in the constellation with a number and its latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 120 Tauri. The Flamsteed name can be shortened to 120 Tau.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD+18 877.

More details on objects' alternative names can be found at Star Names .

Location of 120 Tauri

The location of the subgiant star in the night sky 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 120 Tauri, the location is 05h 33m 31.63 and +18° 32` 24.8 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 120 Tauri

Proper Motion

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 -0.05 ± 0.14 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 2.78 ± 0.32 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 41.00000 km/s with an error of about 4.00 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

Physical Properties of 120 Tauri

120 Tauri Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of B2IV-Ve , 120 Tauri's colour and type is blue subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.02 which means the star's temperature is about 9,839 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

120 Tauri Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 1,248.79 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

120 Tauri Radius

120 Tauri estimated radius has been calculated as being 13.58 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 9,451,846.02.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 11.246779700454992847670571280. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

120 Tauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

120 Tauri has an apparent magnitude of 5.67 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 -3.13 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.72. 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 120 Tauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.74000 which gave the calculated distance to 120 Tauri as 1874.50 light years away from Earth or 574.71 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 11,019,483,262,032,676.95, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 2.10000 which put 120 Tauri at a distance of 1553.16 light years or 476.19 parsecs. It should not be taken as though the star is moving closer or further away from us. It is purely that the distance was recalculated.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 98,220,553.68 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun. The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,856.00 Parsecs or 25,623.39 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to 120 Tauri

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807361,415,183,319.97
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2691,357,509,456.91
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54678,753,843.82
New Horizons Probe33,00031,562,876.47
Speed of Light670,616,629.001,553.16

Variable Type of 120 Tauri

The star is a eruptive Gamma Cassiopeiae variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. 120 Tauri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.688 to a magnitude of 5.627 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.0 days (variability).

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 Metallicity and/or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

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Additional 120 Tauri Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional Name120 Tauri
Alternative NamesV960 Tau, V960 Tauri, HD 36576, HIP 26064, HR 1858, 120 Tau, BD+18 877, V960 Tau
Spectral TypeB2IV-Ve
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeSubgiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -3.13 / -2.72
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.67
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 33m 31.63
Declination (Dec.)+18° 32` 24.8
Galactic Latitude-7.83764697 degrees
Galactic Longitude187.39009267 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.74000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1874.50 Light Years
 574.71 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.10000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1553.16 Light Years
 476.19 Parsecs
 98,220,553.68 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance25,623.39 Light Years / 7,856.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-0.05000 ± 0.14000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.2.78000 ± 0.32000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.02
Radial Velocity41.00000 ± 4.00 km/s
Semi-Major Axis9028.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)1248.7900000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeGamma Cassiopeiae
Mean Variability Period in Days1.038
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.627 - 5.688

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)11.25
Effective Temperature9,839 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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