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BL Telescopii

BL Telescopii Facts

  • BL Telescopii is a eclipsing supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Telescopium. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • BL Telescopii is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (F4Ib) of the star, the star's colour is yellow to white .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • The star is calculated at being about 2025.86 light years away from us. Distance

BL Telescopii's Alternative Names

HIP93844 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD177300.

BL Telescopii has alternative name(s) :- BL Tel, BL Tel.

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

Location of BL Telescopii

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 BL Telescopii, the location is 19h 06m 38.11 and -51° 25` 03.2 .

Physical Properties of BL Telescopii

BL Telescopii Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of F4Ib , BL Telescopii's colour and type is yellow to white supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.52 which means the star's temperature is about 6,064 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

BL Telescopii Radius

BL Telescopii estimated radius has been calculated as being 19.20 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 13,362,475.45.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. 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.

BL Telescopii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

BL Telescopii has an apparent magnitude of 7.19 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.78 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 BL Telescopii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.61000 which gave the calculated distance to BL Telescopii as 2025.86 light years away from Earth or 621.12 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 11,909,271,998,517,748.15, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

Travel Time to BL Telescopii

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)
Walking4339,643,851,006.49
Car12011,321,461,700.22
Airbus A3807361,845,890,494.60
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2691,770,663,748.99
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54885,330,720.62
New Horizons Probe33,00041,168,951.64
Speed of Light670,616,629.002,025.86

Variable Type of BL Telescopii

The star is a eclipsing Beta Persei (Algol)/ 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. BL Telescopii brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.900 to a magnitude of 7.216 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 779.0 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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Additional BL Telescopii Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameBL Telescopii
Alternative NamesBL Tel, HD 177300, HIP 93844, BL Tel
Spectral TypeF4Ib
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star less luminour Supergiant Star
ColourYellow - White
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationTelescopium
Absolute Magnitude -1.78
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.19
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)19h 06m 38.11
Declination (Dec.)-51° 25` 03.2
Galactic Latitude-23.15534901 degrees
Galactic Longitude345.52524785 degrees
Distance from Earth1.61000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2025.86 Light Years
 621.12 Parsecs
 128,114,303.74 Astronomical Units
B-V Index0.52
Radial Velocity92.30000 ± 2.90 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEclipsing
Variable Star TypeBeta Persei (Algol)/
Mean Variability Period in Days779.000
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.216 - 8.900

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)19.20
Effective Temperature6,064 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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