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82 Eridani, HD20794, HIP15510, HR1008

82 Eridani is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Eridanus. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it. It is calculated at being 14.000 Billion Years old. This information comes from ExoPlanet. 82 Eridani has at least 3 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.

82 Eridani's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1008. HIP15510 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD20794. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 139. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Star Names

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 82 G. Eridani. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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

Location of 82 Eridani

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 82 Eridani, the location is 03h 19m 53.22 and -43° 04` 17.6 .

Proper Motion of 82 Eridani

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 726.58 ± 0.15 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 3,038.34 ± 0.19 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards us is 87.40000 km/s with an error of about 0.51 km/s .

82 Eridani 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 0.70 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Age, Mass) of 82 Eridani

82 Eridani has a spectral type of G8V. This means the star is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,401.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,139.35 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.71 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,533 Kelvin.

82 Eridani Radius has been calculated as being 0.86 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 601,747.04.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 0.86. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's solar mass is 0.85 times that of the Sun's. The Sun's Mass is 1,989,100,000,000,000,000,000 billion kg. which to calculate using this website is too large. To give idea of size, the Sun is 99.86% the mass of the solar system.

The star's metallicity is -0.380000, this value is the fractional amount of the star that is not Hydrogen (X) or Helium (Y). An older star would have a high metallicity whereas a new star would have a lower one.

The star is believed to be about 14.00 Billion years old. To put in context, the Sun is believed to be about five billion years old and the Universe is about 13.8 billion years old. The reported age is older than the widely recognised age of the Universe so a little scepticism about the age is warranted.

82 Eridani Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

82 Eridani has an apparent magnitude of 4.26 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 5.35 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 5.35. 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 82 Eridani

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 165.02 which gave the calculated distance to 82 Eridani as 19.77 light years away from Earth or 6.06 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 19.77 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 165.47 which put 82 Eridani at a distance of 19.71 light years or 6.04 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,401.00 Parsecs or 24,139.35 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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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Primary / Proper / Traditional Name82 Eridani
Alternative NamesE Eri, HD 20794, HIP 15510, HR 1008, 82 G. Eridani, Gliese 139
Spectral TypeG8V
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour white to yellow
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationEridanus
Age14.00 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude5.35 / 5.35
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.26
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)03h 19m 53.22
Declination (Dec.)-43° 04` 17.6
Galactic Latitude-56.08 degrees
Galactic Longitude250.75 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth165.02 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 19.77 Light Years
 6.06 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth165.47 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 19.71 Light Years
 6.04 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,139.35 Light Years / 7,401.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.726.58 ± 0.15 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.3038.34 ± 0.19 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.71
Radial Velocity87.40 ± 0.51 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.35 ± 0.01 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.63
Semi-Major Axis3847.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)0.70

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet Count3

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature5,533 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun0.85

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting 82 Eridani


NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastronInclination
HD 20794 bConfirmed0.002518.3300.2720110.12726.0002011.000
HD 20794 dConfirmed0.0031888.9000.2520110.364252.0002011.000
HD 20794 eConfirmed0.0027147.0200.2920170.509268.0002017.000

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