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Epsilon Reticuli

Epsilon Reticuli Facts

  • Epsilon Reticuli is a subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Reticulum. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Epsilon Reticuli is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (K2IV) of the star, the star's colour is orange to red .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • It is calculated at being 7.150 Billion Years old. This information comes from ExoPlanet.
  • Epsilon Reticuli has at least 1 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 59.49 light years away from us. Distance

Epsilon Reticuli's Alternative Names

Epsilon Reticuli (Eps Ret) 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 HR1355. HIP19921 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD27442. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 167.3. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Star Names

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

Location of Epsilon Reticuli

The location of the subgiant 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 Reticuli, the location is 04h 16m 29.08 and -59° 18` 06.3 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Epsilon Reticuli

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 -167.58 ± 0.13 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -47.53 ± 0.15 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 29.20000 km/s with an error of about 2.41 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 Reticuli

Epsilon Reticuli Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of K2IV , Epsilon Reticuli's colour and type is orange to red subgiant star. The star's effective temperature is 4,846 Kelvin which is cooler than our own Sun's effective Temperature which is 5,777 Kelvin

Epsilon Reticuli 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 7.27 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Epsilon Reticuli Radius

Epsilon Reticuli estimated radius has been calculated as being 3.29 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,290,029.78.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 3.3064107465893533612512348148. 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 Reticuli Mass

The Epsilon Reticuli's solar mass is 1.20 times that of our star, the Sun. The Sun's Mass is 1,989,100,000,000,000,000,000 billion kg. which to calculate using this website is too large. To give idea of size, the Sun is 99.86% the mass of the solar system.

Epsilon Reticuli Metalicity

The star's metallicity is 0.220000, this value is the fractional amount of the star that is not Hydrogen (X) or Helium (Y). An older star would have a high metallicity whereas a new star would have a lower one.

Epsilon Reticuli Estimated Age

The star is believed to be about 7.15 Billion years old. To put in context, the Sun is believed to be about five billion years old and the Universe is about 13.8 billion years old.

Epsilon Reticuli Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Epsilon Reticuli has an apparent magnitude of 4.44 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 3.14 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 3.13. 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 Reticuli

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 54.84000 which gave the calculated distance to Epsilon Reticuli as 59.48 light years away from Earth or 18.23 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 349,660,637,196,961.12, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 54.83000 which put Epsilon Reticuli at a distance of 59.49 light years or 18.24 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 3,762,243.85 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 7,400.00 Parsecs or 24,136.09 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 Reticuli

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 A38073654,205,140.30
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26951,996,083.85
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5425,998,008.04
New Horizons Probe33,0001,208,938.89
Speed of Light670,616,629.0059.49

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 Reticuli Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameEpsilon Reticuli
Alternative NamesEps Ret, HD 27442, HIP 19921, HR 1355, Gliese 167.3
Spectral TypeK2IV
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeSubgiant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Age7.15 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude 3.14 / 3.13
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.44
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)04h 16m 29.08
Declination (Dec.)-59° 18` 06.3
Galactic Latitude-42.56328184 degrees
Galactic Longitude270.20365618 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth54.84000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 59.48 Light Years
 18.23 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth54.83000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 59.49 Light Years
 18.24 Parsecs
 3,762,243.85 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,136.09 Light Years / 7,400.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-167.58000 ± 0.13000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-47.53000 ± 0.15000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.07
Radial Velocity29.20000 ± 2.41 km/s
Iron Abundance0.3500 ± 0.01 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis6984.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)7.2700000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count1

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)3.31
Effective Temperature4,718 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun1.20

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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
27442-59 324.4A4.40000-53.00000-164.00000K2Orange

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting Epsilon Reticuli

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
HD 27442 bConfirmed0.11415.2000.05820001.16347.000

Reticulum Main Stars

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