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DR Tucanae

DR Tucanae Facts

DR Tucanae's Alternative Names

HIP115433 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD220263.

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

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

Location of DR 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 DR Tucanae, the location is 23h 22m 56.68 and -60° 03` 21.0 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of DR 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 -4.52 ± 0.27 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 82.10 ± 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 -27.00 km/s with an error of about 0.50 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 (Colour, Temperature) of DR Tucanae

DR Tucanae Colour and Temperature

DR Tucanae has a spectral type of M3III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.6 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,779 Kelvin.

DR Tucanae Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 34.53 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 24,023,919.50.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 34.53. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

DR Tucanae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

DR Tucanae has an apparent magnitude of 6.08 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 -1.00 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.00. 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 DR Tucanae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.83 which gave the calculated distance to DR Tucanae as 851.60 light years away from Earth or 261.10 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 4,993,186,819,474,686.17.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.84 which put DR Tucanae at a distance of 849.38 light years or 260.42 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 53,715,106.55 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 7,285.00 Parsecs or 23,761.00 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Time to Travel to DR Tucanae

A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

If you were to drive there at about 120 m.p.h. in a car with an infinity engine so you didn't have to pull over for petrol, it would take you 41,718,644,731,692.95 hours or 4,762,402,366.63 years.

At the time of writing, the fastest probe so far created is the New Horizon probe which is travelling at a speed of 33,000 m.p.h. If the probe was travelling to DR Tucanae then it would take 151,704,162,660.70 hours / 17,317,826.79 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, 851.60 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of DR Tucanae

The star is a eruptive Irregular 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. DR Tucanae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.197 to a magnitude of 6.080 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 DR Tucanae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameDR Tucanae
Alternative NamesHD 220263, HIP 115433, DR Tuc
Spectral TypeM3III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -1.00 / -1.00
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.08
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)23h 22m 56.68
Declination (Dec.)-60° 03` 21.0
Galactic Latitude-53.77 degrees
Galactic Longitude321.48 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.83 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 851.60 Light Years
 261.10 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.84 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 849.38 Light Years
 260.42 Parsecs
 53,715,106.55 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,761.00 Light Years / 7,285.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-4.52 ± 0.27 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.82.10 ± 0.44 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.60
Radial Velocity-27.00 ± 0.50 km/s
Semi-Major Axis6702.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeIrregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.093
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.080 - 6.197

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)34.53
Effective Temperature3,779 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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