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Delta Arae

Delta Arae Facts

  • Delta Arae is a main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Ara. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Delta Arae is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (B8V) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 197.91 light years away from us. Distance

Delta Arae's Alternative Names

Delta Arae (Del Ara) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in 1603. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation, there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6500. HIP85727 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD158094.

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

Location of Delta Arae

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 Delta Arae, the location is 17h 31m 05.98 and -60° 41` 01.0 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Delta Arae

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 -99.25 ± 0.21 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -54.01 ± 0.34 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 10.00000 km/s with an error of about 3.00 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 Delta Arae

Delta Arae Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of B8V , Delta Arae's colour and type is blue main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.1 which means the star's temperature is about 11,677 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

Delta Arae 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 214.41 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Delta Arae Radius

Delta Arae estimated radius has been calculated as being 2.49 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,732,715.00.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 2.6438936818435720617537436253. 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.

Delta Arae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Delta Arae has an apparent magnitude of 3.60 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 -0.19 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.32. 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 Delta Arae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 17.42000 which gave the calculated distance to Delta Arae as 187.23 light years away from Earth or 57.41 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 1,100,655,028,621,167.30, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 16.48000 which put Delta Arae at a distance of 197.91 light years or 60.68 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 12,516,061.23 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 7,349.00 Parsecs or 23,969.74 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 Delta Arae

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)
Walking433,180,434,261.35
Car1201,106,014,475.38
Airbus A380736180,328,447.07
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269172,979,407.54
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5486,489,591.05
New Horizons Probe33,0004,021,870.82
Speed of Light670,616,629.00197.91

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 Delta Arae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameDelta Arae
Alternative NamesDel Ara, HD 158094, HIP 85727, HR 6500
Spectral TypeB8V
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationAra
Absolute Magnitude -0.19 / -0.32
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.60
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 31m 05.98
Declination (Dec.)-60° 41` 01.0
Galactic Latitude-14.35566501 degrees
Galactic Longitude331.27027345 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth17.42000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 187.23 Light Years
 57.41 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth16.48000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 197.91 Light Years
 60.68 Parsecs
 12,516,061.23 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,969.74 Light Years / 7,349.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-99.25000 ± 0.21000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-54.01000 ± 0.34000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.1
Radial Velocity10.00000 ± 3.00 km/s
Eccentricity0.18060
Inclination90.92000
Semi-Major Axis6142.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)214.4100000
Orbital Period (Days)1043.29540
Argument Of Periastron0.00000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)2.64
Effective Temperature11,677 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.


Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
158094-60 6842.4A3.80000-48.00000-94.00000B8Blue/White
B11.800001917

Ara Main Stars


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