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BP Phoenicis

BP Phoenicis Facts

  • BP Phoenicis is a giant star that can be located in the constellation of Phoenix. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • BP Phoenicis is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (M2III) of the star, the star's colour is red .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 2718.03 light years away from us. Distance

BP Phoenicis's Alternative Names

HIP1880 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD1973.

BP Phoenicis has alternative name(s) :- , BP Phe.

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

Location of BP Phoenicis

The location of the giant 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 BP Phoenicis, the location is 00h 23m 43.69 and -49° 21` 27.9 .

Proper Motion of BP Phoenicis

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 -11.31 ± 0.54 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 1.84 ± 0.77 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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 BP Phoenicis

BP Phoenicis Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of M2III , BP Phoenicis's colour and type is red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.6 which means the star's temperature is about 3,779 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

BP Phoenicis Radius

BP Phoenicis estimated radius has been calculated as being 35.82 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 24,925,544.22.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 52.259864011118056620608061929. 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.

BP Phoenicis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

BP Phoenicis has an apparent magnitude of 7.70 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 -1.08 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.90. 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 BP Phoenicis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.75000 which gave the calculated distance to BP Phoenicis as 1863.79 light years away from Earth or 571.43 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 10,956,523,184,285,880.48, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 1.20000 which put BP Phoenicis at a distance of 2718.03 light years or 833.33 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 171,885,453.28 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.

Travel Time to BP Phoenicis

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)
Airbus A3807362,476,570,809.95
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2692,375,641,549.60
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.541,187,819,226.69
New Horizons Probe33,00055,235,033.82
Speed of Light670,616,629.002,718.03
BP Phoenicis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.837 to a magnitude of 7.719 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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 BP Phoenicis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameBP Phoenicis
Alternative NamesHD 1973, HIP 1880, BP Phe
Spectral TypeM2III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -1.08 / -1.90
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.70
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)00h 23m 43.69
Declination (Dec.)-49° 21` 27.9
Galactic Latitude-67.13812730 degrees
Galactic Longitude314.59788059 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.75000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1863.79 Light Years
 571.43 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.20000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2718.03 Light Years
 833.33 Parsecs
 171,885,453.28 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-11.31000 ± 0.54000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1.84000 ± 0.77000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.6

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.091
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.719 - 7.837

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)52.26
Effective Temperature3,779 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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