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Beta Doradus

Beta Doradus Facts

  • Beta Doradus is a pulsating supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Dorado. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Beta Doradus is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (F6Ia) of the star, the star's colour is yellow to white .
  • 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 1006.68 light years away from us. Distance

Beta Doradus's Alternative Names

Beta Doradus (Bet Dor) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in 1603. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation, there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1922. HIP26069 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD37350.

Beta Doradus has alternative name(s) :- bet Dor, bet Dor.

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

Location of Beta Doradus

The location of the supergiant 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 Beta Doradus, the location is 05h 33m 37.52 and -62° 29` 23.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Beta Doradus

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 12.74 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 0.79 ± 0.36 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 7.20000 km/s with an error of about 0.70 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 Beta Doradus

Beta Doradus Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of F6Ia , Beta Doradus's colour and type is yellow to white supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.64 which means the star's temperature is about 5,784 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

Beta Doradus 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 2,680.01 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Beta Doradus Radius

Beta Doradus estimated radius has been calculated as being 52.54 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 36,556,800.24.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 50.872498064147116646295525448. 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.

Beta Doradus Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Beta Doradus has an apparent magnitude of 3.76 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 -3.76 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.69. 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 Beta Doradus

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.14000 which gave the calculated distance to Beta Doradus as 1038.74 light years away from Earth or 318.47 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 6,106,363,320,140,743.05, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.24000 which put Beta Doradus at a distance of 1006.68 light years or 308.64 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 63,661,126.20 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 7,398.00 Parsecs or 24,129.56 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 Beta Doradus

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)
Walking4168,774,087,020.43
Car1205,625,802,900.68
Airbus A380736917,250,472.94
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269879,869,182.88
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54439,934,018.07
New Horizons Probe33,00020,457,465.09
Speed of Light670,616,629.001,006.68

Variable Type of Beta Doradus

The star is a pulsating Delta Cepheid 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. Beta Doradus brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.244 to a magnitude of 3.563 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 9.8 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 Beta Doradus Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameBeta Doradus
Alternative NamesBet Dor, bet Dor, HD 37350, HIP 26069, HR 1922, bet Dor
Spectral TypeF6Ia
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
ColourYellow - White
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationDorado
Absolute Magnitude -3.76 / -3.69
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.76
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 33m 37.52
Declination (Dec.)-62° 29` 23.5
Galactic Latitude-32.77444694 degrees
Galactic Longitude271.73383048 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.14000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1038.74 Light Years
 318.47 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.24000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1006.68 Light Years
 308.64 Parsecs
 63,661,126.20 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,129.56 Light Years / 7,398.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.12.74000 ± 0.36000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.0.79000 ± 0.36000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.64
Radial Velocity7.20000 ± 0.70 km/s
Eccentricity0.07730
Semi-Major Axis7978.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)2680.0100000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Cepheid
Mean Variability Period in Days9.842
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)3.563 - 4.244

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)50.87
Effective Temperature5,784 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

Dorado Main Stars


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