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Beta Reticuli

Beta Reticuli Facts

  • Beta Reticuli is a subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Reticulum. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Beta Reticuli is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (K0IV SB) of the star, the star's colour is orange to red .
  • 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 97.39 light years away from us. Distance

Beta Reticuli's Alternative Names

Beta Reticuli (Bet Ret) 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 HR1175. HIP17440 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD23817. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 154.2. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Star Names

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

Location of Beta Reticuli

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 Beta Reticuli, the location is 03h 44m 11.55 and -64° 48` 25.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Beta Reticuli

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 77.50 ± 0.50 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 307.13 ± 0.53 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 51.10000 km/s with an error of about 4.10 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 Reticuli

Beta Reticuli Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of K0IV SB , Beta Reticuli's colour and type is orange to red subgiant star. The star's effective temperature is 4,514 Kelvin which is cooler than our own Sun's effective Temperature which is 5,777 Kelvin

Beta Reticuli 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 37.81 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Beta Reticuli Radius

Beta Reticuli estimated radius has been calculated as being 7.64 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 5,318,433.62.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 7.469625489075437866316404585. 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 Reticuli Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Beta Reticuli has an apparent magnitude of 3.84 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 1.41 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.46. 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 Reticuli

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 32.71000 which gave the calculated distance to Beta Reticuli as 99.71 light years away from Earth or 30.57 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 586,157,735,960,137.75, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 33.49000 which put Beta Reticuli at a distance of 97.39 light years or 29.86 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 6,159,024.20 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 7,396.00 Parsecs or 24,123.04 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 Reticuli

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)
Walking416,327,838,374.58
Car120544,261,279.15
Airbus A38073688,738,252.04
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26985,121,845.79
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5442,560,867.42
New Horizons Probe33,0001,979,131.92
Speed of Light670,616,629.0097.39

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 NameBeta Reticuli
Alternative NamesBet Ret, HD 23817, HIP 17440, HR 1175, Gliese 154.2
Spectral TypeK0IV SB
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeSubgiant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationReticulum
Absolute Magnitude 1.41 / 1.46
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.84
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)03h 44m 11.55
Declination (Dec.)-64° 48` 25.5
Galactic Latitude-43.53704129 degrees
Galactic Longitude279.23673481 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth32.71000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 99.71 Light Years
 30.57 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth33.49000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 97.39 Light Years
 29.86 Parsecs
 6,159,024.20 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,123.04 Light Years / 7,396.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.77.50000 ± 0.50000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.307.13000 ± 0.53000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.13
Radial Velocity51.10000 ± 4.10 km/s
Eccentricity0.41100
Inclination82.85000
Semi-Major Axis4793.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)37.8100000
Orbital Period (Days)1911.50000
Argument Of Periastron13.80000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)7.47
Effective Temperature4,611 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

Reticulum Main Stars


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