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DF Tucanae

DF Tucanae Facts

  • DF Tucanae is a giant star that can be located in the constellation of Tucana. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • DF Tucanae is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (M2III) 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 6395.36 light years away from us. Distance

DF Tucanae's Alternative Names

HIP109547 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD210274.

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

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

Location of DF Tucanae

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 DF Tucanae, the location is 22h 11m 23.75 and -64° 00` 51.6 .

Proper Motion of DF Tucanae

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 9.08 ± 0.46 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -8.59 ± 0.76 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 of DF Tucanae

DF Tucanae Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of M2III , DF Tucanae's colour and type is red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.61 which means the star's temperature is about 3,754 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

DF Tucanae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

DF Tucanae has an apparent magnitude of 7.61 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.85. 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 DF Tucanae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.30000 which gave the calculated distance to DF Tucanae as -10872.11 light years away from Earth or -3333.33 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about -63,913,061,706,043,258.12, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 0.51000 which put DF Tucanae at a distance of 6395.36 light years or 1960.78 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 404,437,088.64 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 DF 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 A3807365,827,221,147.34
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2695,589,740,709.51
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.542,794,866,712.14
New Horizons Probe33,000129,964,689.83
Speed of Light670,616,629.006,395.36
DF Tucanae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.752 to a magnitude of 7.623 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 DF Tucanae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameDF Tucanae
Alternative NamesHD 210274, HIP 109547, DF Tuc
Spectral TypeM2III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude / -3.85
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.61
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)22h 11m 23.75
Declination (Dec.)-64° 00` 51.6
Galactic Latitude-45.11742992 degrees
Galactic Longitude326.45997914 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-0.30000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -10872.11 Light Years
 -3333.33 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.51000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 6395.36 Light Years
 1960.78 Parsecs
 404,437,088.64 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.9.08000 ± 0.46000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-8.59000 ± 0.76000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.61

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.102
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.623 - 7.752

Estimated Calculated Facts

Effective Temperature3,754 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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