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DL Eridani

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DL Eridani's Alternative Names

HIP18455 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD24832.

DL Eridani has alternative name(s) :- , DL Eri.

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 155 G. Eridani. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD-10 793.

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

Location of DL Eridani

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 DL Eridani, the location is 03h 56m 37.90 and -09° 45` 03.1 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of DL Eridani

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 6.44 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 52.14 ± 0.51 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 14.50 km/s with an error of about 1.70 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.

DL Eridani 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 43.64 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 DL Eridani

DL Eridani Colour and Temperature

DL Eridani has a spectral type of F1V. This means the star is a yellow to white main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.26 which means the star's temperature is about 7,428 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being .

DL Eridani Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 3.48 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,418,988.10.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 4.12. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

DL Eridani Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

DL Eridani has an apparent magnitude of 6.18 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 1.05 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.68. 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 DL Eridani

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.41 which gave the calculated distance to DL Eridani as 346.61 light years away from Earth or 106.27 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 232,442,429,778.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 7.96 which put DL Eridani at a distance of 409.75 light years or 125.63 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 25,912,867.05 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 7,486.00 Parsecs or 24,416.59 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 DL Eridani

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)
Walking468,696,290,933.19
Car1202,289,876,364.44
Airbus A380736373,349,407.25
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269358,134,062.15
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54179,066,797.69
New Horizons Probe33,0008,326,823.14
Speed of Light670,616,629.00409.75

Variable Type of DL Eridani

The star is a pulsating Delta Scuti variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. DL Eridani brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.283 to a magnitude of 6.238 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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 DL Eridani Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameDL Eridani
Alternative NamesHD 24832, HIP 18455, 155 G. Eridani, BD-10 793, DL Eri
Spectral TypeF1V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourYellow - White
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationEridanus
Absolute Magnitude 1.05 / 0.68
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.18
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)03h 56m 37.90
Declination (Dec.)-09° 45` 03.1
Galactic Latitude-43.10 degrees
Galactic Longitude200.29 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth9.41 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 346.61 Light Years
 106.27 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth7.96 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 409.75 Light Years
 125.63 Parsecs
 25,912,867.05 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,416.59 Light Years / 7,486.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.6.44 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.52.14 ± 0.51 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.26
Radial Velocity14.50 ± 1.70 km/s
Eccentricity0.04
Semi-Major Axis7310.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)43.64

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Scuti
Mean Variability Period in Days0.033
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.238 - 6.283

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)4.12
Effective Temperature7,428 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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