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BV Indi's Alternative Names

HIP107523 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD206805.

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

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

Location of BV Indi

The location of the main sequence 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 BV Indi, the location is 21h 46m 35.73 and -57° 59` 48.2 .

Proper Motion of BV 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 -16.00 ± 0.64 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -11.82 ± 1.26 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 (Colour, Temperature) of BV Indi

BV Indi Colour and Temperature

BV Indi has a spectral type of K7V. This means the star is a orange to red main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.63 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,700 Kelvin.

BV Indi Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 16.24 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 11,297,366.43.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 10.39. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

BV Indi Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

BV Indi has an apparent magnitude of 9.04 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 0.73 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.70. 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 BV Indi

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.17 which gave the calculated distance to BV Indi as 1503 light years away from Earth or 460 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 1,007,936,793,387.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.39 which put BV Indi at a distance of 962 light years or 294 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 60,641,430.48 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 BV Indi

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)
Walking4161,283,299,274.00
Car1205,376,109,975.00
Airbus A380736876,539,669.00
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269840,817,493.00
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54420,408,198.00
New Horizons Probe33,00019,549,490.00
Speed of Light670,616,629.00962.00
BV Indi brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.084 to a magnitude of 8.980 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 BV Indi Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameBV Indi
Alternative NamesHD 206805, HIP 107523, BV Ind
Spectral TypeK7V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationIndus
Absolute Magnitude 0.73 / 1.70
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.04
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)21h 46m 35.73
Declination (Dec.)-57° 59` 48.2
Galactic Latitude-45.49 degrees
Galactic Longitude336.00 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.17 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1503 Light Years
 460 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.39 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 962 Light Years
 294 Parsecs
 60,641,430.48 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-16.00 ± 0.64 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-11.82 ± 1.26 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.63

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.059
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.980 - 9.084

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)10.39
Effective Temperature3,700 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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