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BH Indi, HD204128, HIP106013

BH Indi is a orange to red eclipsing binary sys subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Indus. The description is based on the spectral class. BH Indi is not part of the constellation but is within the borders of the constellation.

The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

BH Indi's Alternative Names

HIP106013 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD204128.

BH Indi has alternative name(s) :- , BH Ind.

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

Location of BH Indi

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 BH Indi, the location is 21h 28m 19.87 and -52° 49` 14.6 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of BH Indi

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 0.65 ± 0.70 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 11.91 ± 1.10 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 the Sun is 7.40 km/s with an error of about 0.60 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 (Colour, Temperature) of BH Indi

BH Indi has a spectral type of K1IIICNIVp. This means the star is a orange to red subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,849 Kelvin.

BH Indi Radius has been calculated as being 6.25 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,345,777.22.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 6.33. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

BH Indi Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

BH Indi has an apparent magnitude of 9.09 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 1.63 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.60. 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 BH Indi

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.22 which gave the calculated distance to BH Indi as 1012.93 light years away from Earth or 310.56 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1012.93 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 3.18 which put BH Indi at a distance of 1025.67 light years or 314.47 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 64,863,641.64 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.

Variable Type of BH Indi

The star is a eclipsing binary sys RS Canum Venaticorum 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. BH Indi brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.341 to a magnitude of 9.233 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 2.2 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameBH Indi
Alternative NamesHD 204128, HIP 106013, BH Ind
Spectral TypeK1IIICNIVp
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeSubgiant Star
Colour orange to red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationIndus
Absolute Magnitude 1.63 / 1.60
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.09
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)21h 28m 19.87
Declination (Dec.)-52° 49` 14.6
Galactic Latitude-44.70 degrees
Galactic Longitude344.13 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.22 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1012.93 Light Years
 310.56 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.18 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1025.67 Light Years
 314.47 Parsecs
 64,863,641.64 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.0.65 ± 0.70 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.11.91 ± 1.10 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.00
Radial Velocity7.40 ± 0.60 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEclipsing binary sys
Variable Star TypeRS Canum Venaticorum
Mean Variability Period in Days2.210
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)9.233 - 9.341

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,849 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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