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84 Tauri, HD28595, HIP21082

84 Tauri is a red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Taurus. 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.

84 Tauri's Alternative Names

HIP21082 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD28595.

84 Tauri has alternative name(s) :- , V1146 Tau.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 84 Tauri with it shortened to 84 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+14 711.

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

Location of 84 Tauri

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 84 Tauri, the location is 04h 31m 07.16 and +15° 06` 18.6 .

Proper Motion of 84 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 -52.28 ± 0.26 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 43.90 ± 0.56 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 38.37000 km/s with an error of about 0.09 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of 84 Tauri

84 Tauri has a spectral type of M3III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7,554.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,638.38 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.72 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,379 Kelvin.

84 Tauri Radius has been calculated as being 21.15 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 14,716,551.24.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 25.31. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

84 Tauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

84 Tauri has an apparent magnitude of 6.28 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 0.55 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.16. 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 84 Tauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 7.16 which gave the calculated distance to 84 Tauri as 455.54 light years away from Earth or 139.66 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 455.54 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 5.96 which put 84 Tauri at a distance of 547.25 light years or 167.79 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 7,554.00 Parsecs or 24,638.38 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*. 84 Tauri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.357 to a magnitude of 6.329 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 8.0 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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84 Tauri Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional Name84 Tauri
Alternative NamesHD 28595, HIP 21082, 84 Tau, BD+14 711, V1146 Tau
Spectral TypeM3III
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude0.55 / 0.16
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.28
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)04h 31m 07.16
Declination (Dec.)+15° 06` 18.6
Galactic Latitude-22.02 degrees
Galactic Longitude181.39 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth7.16 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 455.54 Light Years
 139.66 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth5.96 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 547.25 Light Years
 167.79 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,638.38 Light Years / 7,554.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-52.28 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.43.90 ± 0.56 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.72
Radial Velocity38.37 ± 0.09 km/s
Semi-Major Axis5385.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days7.959
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.329 - 6.357

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature3,379 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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