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Enif, Epsilon Pegasi, 8 Pegasi, HD206778, HIP107315, HR8308

Enif (Epsilon Pegasi) is a orange to red pulsating very luminous supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Pegasus. Enif is the 84th brightest star in the night sky and is the brightest star in Pegasus based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Epsilon Pegasi is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR8308. HIP107315 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD206778. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 11. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major.

Enif has alternative name(s), eps Peg. In Arabic, it is known as Al-Anf.

Location of Enif

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Enif, the location is 21h 44m 11.14 and +09d52`30.0 .

Proper Motion of Enif

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 0.44 ± 0.11 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 26.92 ± 0.17 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Enif 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 15200.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Enif

Enif has a spectral type of K2Ibvar. This means the star is a orange to red supergiant star. The star is 7328.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23901.2498483200000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.52 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,971 Kelvin.

Enif Radius has been calculated as being 135.88 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 94,542,959.19.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 139.68. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.06 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Enif Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Enif has an apparent magnitude of 2.38 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 -4.19 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.25. 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 Enif

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.85 which gave the calculated distance to Enif as 672.50 light years away from Earth or 206.19 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 672.50 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 4.73 which put Enif at a distance of 689.56 light years or 211.42 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,328.00 Parsecs or 23,901.25 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of Enif

The star is a pulsating Slow 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. Enif brightness ranges from a magnitude of 2.566 to a magnitude of 2.528 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.

Enif Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameEnif
Flamsteed Name8 Pegasi
Flamsteed Short Name8 Peg
Short Nameeps Peg
Arabic NameAl-Anf
English MeaningThe nose
Bayer DesignationEpsilon Pegasi
Hipparcos Library I.D.107315
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id8308
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+09 4891
Gould I.D.11
Henry Draper Designation206778

Visual Facts

Star Typesupergiant star
Absolute Magnitude-4.19 / -4.25
Visual / Apparent Magnitude2.38
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)21h 44m 11.14
Declination (Dec.)+09d52`30.0
Galactic Latitude-31.46 degrees
Galactic Longitude65.57 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.85 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 672.50 Light Years
 206.19 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth4.73 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 689.56 Light Years
 211.42 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,901.25 Light Years / 7,328.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.0.44 ± 0.11 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.26.92 ± 0.17 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.52
Radial Velocity3.39 ± 0.06 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.06 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeK2Ibvar
Brightest in Night Sky84th
Colour(K) Orange to Red

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSlow Irregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.020
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)2.528 - 2.566

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)15,200.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature3,971 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

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
206778+09 4891.0A2.5000029.000005.00000K0Orange
B11.300001879
+09 4890.0C8.50000-45.00000-16.000001913

Location of Enif in Pegasus


Enif (Epsilon Pegasi) Location in Pegasus

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


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