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Epsilon Mensae

Epsilon Mensae Facts

Epsilon Mensae's Alternative Names

Epsilon Mensae (Eps Men) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in the early nineteenth century. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation although there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR2919. HIP36039 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD60816.

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

Location of Epsilon Mensae

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 Epsilon Mensae, the location is 07h 25m 38.19 and -79° 05` 39.1 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Epsilon Mensae

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 5.19 ± 0.19 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -29.86 ± 0.20 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 10.50 km/s with an error of about 2.90 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.

Epsilon Mensae 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 206.53 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 Epsilon Mensae

Epsilon Mensae Colour and Temperature

Epsilon Mensae has a spectral type of K2/K3III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.28 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,355 Kelvin.

Epsilon Mensae Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 18.32 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 12,747,172.64.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Epsilon Mensae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Epsilon Mensae has an apparent magnitude of 5.54 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.24 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 Epsilon Mensae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.99 which gave the calculated distance to Epsilon Mensae as 466.61 light years away from Earth or 143.06 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 466.61 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,355.00 Parsecs or 23,989.31 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameEpsilon Mensae
Alternative NamesEps Men, HD 60816, HIP 36039, HR 2919
Spectral TypeK2/K3III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationMensa
Absolute Magnitude -0.24
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.54
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 25m 38.19
Declination (Dec.)-79° 05` 39.1
Galactic Latitude-25.01 degrees
Galactic Longitude291.02 degrees
Distance from Earth6.99 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 466.61 Light Years
 143.06 Parsecs
 29,508,037.57 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,989.31 Light Years / 7,355.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.5.19 ± 0.19 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-29.86 ± 0.20 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.28
Radial Velocity10.50 ± 2.90 km/s
Eccentricity0.11
Semi-Major Axis8106.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)206.53

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)18.32
Effective Temperature4,355 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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