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BP Tauri

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BP Tauri's Alternative Names

HIP20160 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD281934.

BP Tauri has alternative name(s) :- , BP Tau.

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

Location of BP Tauri

The location of the T-Tauri 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 Tauri, the location is 04h 19m 15.83 and +29° 06` 27.1 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of BP Tauri

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 -29.10 ± 3.74 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 10.59 ± 6.85 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 16.18 km/s with an error of about 0.66 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) of BP Tauri

BP Tauri Colour and Temperature

BP Tauri has a spectral type of K3Ve-M0Ve(T). This means the star is a orange to red T-Tauri star.

BP Tauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

BP Tauri has an apparent magnitude of 11.96 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 8.35 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 7.53. 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 Tauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 18.98 which gave the calculated distance to BP Tauri as 171.85 light years away from Earth or 52.69 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 171.85 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 13.02 which put BP Tauri at a distance of 250.51 light years or 76.80 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 15,841,026.74 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. BP Tauri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 12.340 to a magnitude of 11.710 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.3 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 Tauri Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameBP Tauri
Alternative NamesHD 281934, HIP 20160, BP Tau
Spectral TypeK3Ve-M0Ve(T)
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeT-Tauri
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationTaurus
Absolute Magnitude 8.35 / 7.53
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.96
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)04h 19m 15.83
Declination (Dec.)+29° 06` 27.1
Galactic Latitude-14.91 degrees
Galactic Longitude168.34 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth18.98 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 171.85 Light Years
 52.69 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth 13.02 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 250.51 Light Years
 76.80 Parsecs
 15,841,026.74 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-29.10 ± 3.74 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.10.59 ± 6.85 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-99.00
Radial Velocity16.18 ± 0.66 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.279
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)11.710 - 12.340

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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