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CQ Tucanae

CQ Tucanae Facts

  • CQ Tucanae is a variable star that can be located in the constellation of Tucana. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • CQ Tucanae is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (M4) 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 54.50 light years away from us. Distance

CQ Tucanae's Alternative Names

HIP523 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

CQ Tucanae has alternative name(s) :- , CQ Tuc.

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

Location of CQ Tucanae

The location of the variable 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 CQ Tucanae, the location is 00h 06m 18.90 and -65° 50` 21.1 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of CQ Tucanae

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 -553.34 ± 2.00 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 195.75 ± 2.64 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 -5.20000 km/s with an error of about 10.00 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 of CQ Tucanae

CQ Tucanae Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of M4 , CQ Tucanae's colour and type is red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.5 which means the star's temperature is about 4,014 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

CQ Tucanae Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 0.01 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

CQ Tucanae Radius

CQ Tucanae estimated radius has been calculated as being 0.12 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 86,721.26.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 0.1184786474366643205503091675. 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.

CQ Tucanae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

CQ Tucanae has an apparent magnitude of 12.17 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 10.95 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 11.06. 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 CQ Tucanae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 56.92000 which gave the calculated distance to CQ Tucanae as 57.30 light years away from Earth or 17.57 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 336,845,233,883,420.85, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 59.85000 which put CQ Tucanae at a distance of 54.50 light years or 16.71 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 3,446,660.90 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. The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,393.00 Parsecs or 24,113.26 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to CQ Tucanae

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 A38073649,658,432.45
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26947,634,670.87
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5423,817,304.39
New Horizons Probe33,0001,107,533.52
Speed of Light670,616,629.0054.50
CQ Tucanae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 12.342 to a magnitude of 12.019 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 CQ Tucanae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameCQ Tucanae
Alternative NamesHIP 523, CQ Tuc
Spectral TypeM4
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 10.95 / 11.06
Visual / Apparent Magnitude12.17
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)00h 06m 18.90
Declination (Dec.)-65° 50` 21.1
Galactic Latitude-50.64875587 degrees
Galactic Longitude310.18612410 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth56.92000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 57.30 Light Years
 17.57 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth59.85000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 54.50 Light Years
 16.71 Parsecs
 3,446,660.90 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,113.26 Light Years / 7,393.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-553.34000 ± 2.00000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.195.75000 ± 2.64000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.5
Radial Velocity-5.20000 ± 10.00 km/s
Semi-Major Axis6194.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)0.0100000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.129
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)12.019 - 12.342

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)0.12
Effective Temperature4,014 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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