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Delta Muscae

Delta Muscae Facts

Delta Muscae's Alternative Names

Delta Muscae (Del Mus) 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 HR4923. HIP63613 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD112985.

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

Location of Delta Muscae

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 Delta Muscae, the location is 13h 02m 15.78 and -71° 32` 55.7 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Delta Muscae

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 -22.75 ± 0.34 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 264.17 ± 0.44 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 36.50 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.

Delta Muscae 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 41.55 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Delta Muscae

Delta Muscae Colour and Temperature

Delta Muscae has a spectral type of K2III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star.

The star's effective temperature is 4,390 Kelvin which is cooler than our own Sun's effective Temperature which is 5,777 Kelvin

Delta Muscae Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 8.07 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 5,618,224.22.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 8.11. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Delta Muscae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Delta Muscae has an apparent magnitude of 3.61 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 1.39 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.38. 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 Muscae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 35.91 which gave the calculated distance to Delta Muscae as 90.83 light years away from Earth or 27.85 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 60,912,108,412.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 35.88 which put Delta Muscae at a distance of 90.90 light years or 27.87 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 5,748,560.09 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 7,385.00 Parsecs or 24,087.16 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 Muscae

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 A38073682,824,798.34
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26979,449,386.82
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5439,724,641.64
New Horizons Probe33,0001,847,243.99
Speed of Light670,616,629.0090.90

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 Muscae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameDelta Muscae
Alternative NamesDel Mus, HD 112985, HIP 63613, HR 4923
Spectral TypeK2III
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 1.39 / 1.38
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.61
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 02m 15.78
Declination (Dec.)-71° 32` 55.7
Galactic Latitude-8.70 degrees
Galactic Longitude303.80 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth35.91 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 90.83 Light Years
 27.85 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth35.88 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 90.90 Light Years
 27.87 Parsecs
 5,748,560.09 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,087.16 Light Years / 7,385.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-22.75 ± 0.34 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.264.17 ± 0.44 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.19
Radial Velocity36.50 ± 10.00 km/s
Semi-Major Axis8026.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)41.55
Orbital Period (Days)422.03
Argument Of Periastron316.39

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)8.11
Effective Temperature4,507 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Location of Delta Muscae in Musca

Delta Muscae Location in Musca

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

Musca Main Stars

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