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Epsilon Muscae

Epsilon Muscae Facts

  • Epsilon Muscae is a pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Musca. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Epsilon Muscae is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (M5III) of the star, the star's colour is red .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 301.44 light years away from us. Distance

Epsilon Muscae's Alternative Names

Epsilon Muscae (Eps Mus) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in 1603. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation, there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR4671. HIP59929 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD106849.

Epsilon Muscae has alternative name(s) :- , eps Mus.

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

Location of Epsilon Muscae

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 Muscae, the location is 12h 17m 34.64 and -67° 57` 38.4 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Epsilon Muscae

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 -26.39 ± 0.13 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -231.04 ± 0.17 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 7.10000 km/s with an error of about 0.70 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.

Physical Properties of Epsilon Muscae

Epsilon Muscae Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of M5III , Epsilon Muscae's colour and type is red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.6 which means the star's temperature is about 3,779 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

Epsilon Muscae Radius

Epsilon Muscae estimated radius has been calculated as being 31.06 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 21,609,345.13.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 31.056834052379720833433872464. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Epsilon Muscae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Epsilon Muscae has an apparent magnitude of 4.06 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 -0.77 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.77. 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 Muscae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 10.80000 which gave the calculated distance to Epsilon Muscae as 302.00 light years away from Earth or 92.59 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 1,775,344,862,701,450.22, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 10.82000 which put Epsilon Muscae at a distance of 301.44 light years or 92.42 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 19,062,860.56 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 7,355.00 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*.

Travel Time to Epsilon Muscae

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 A380736274,661,245.44
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269263,467,801.57
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54131,733,729.10
New Horizons Probe33,0006,125,778.08
Speed of Light670,616,629.00301.44

Variable Type of Epsilon Muscae

The star is a pulsating Semi-Regular Star w 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. Epsilon Muscae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.166 to a magnitude of 3.985 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.2 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 Epsilon Muscae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameEpsilon Muscae
Alternative NamesEps Mus, HD 106849, HIP 59929, HR 4671, eps Mus
Spectral TypeM5III
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -0.77 / -0.77
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.06
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 17m 34.64
Declination (Dec.)-67° 57` 38.4
Galactic Latitude-5.29824191 degrees
Galactic Longitude299.75175878 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth10.80000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 302.00 Light Years
 92.59 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth10.82000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 301.44 Light Years
 92.42 Parsecs
 19,062,860.56 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,989.31 Light Years / 7,355.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-26.39000 ± 0.13000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-231.04000 ± 0.17000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.6
Radial Velocity7.10000 ± 0.70 km/s
Semi-Major Axis5469.0000000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemi-Regular Star w
Mean Variability Period in Days0.162
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)3.985 - 4.166

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)31.06
Effective Temperature3,779 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Musca Main Stars

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