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Eta2 Pictoris, HD33042, HIP23649, HR1663

Eta2 Pictoris is a red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Pictor. The description is based on the spectral class. Eta2 Pictoris is not part of the constellation but is within the borders of the constellation.

The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Eta2 Pictoris's Alternative Names

Eta2 Pictoris (Eta02 Pic) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1663. HIP23649 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD33042.

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

Location of Eta2 Pictoris

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Eta2 Pictoris, the location is 05h 04m 57.95 and -49° 34` 40.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Eta2 Pictoris

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 -2.20 ± 0.16 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 68.96 ± 0.17 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 36.00 km/s with an error of about 0.80 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.

Eta2 Pictoris 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 414.26 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 Eta2 Pictoris

Eta2 Pictoris has a spectral type of M2IIIvar. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7,427.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,224.15 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.48 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,025 Kelvin.

Eta2 Pictoris Radius has been calculated as being 27.25 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 18,961,099.71.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 25.55. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Eta2 Pictoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Eta2 Pictoris has an apparent magnitude of 5.05 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 -0.76 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.62. 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 Eta2 Pictoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.88 which gave the calculated distance to Eta2 Pictoris as 474.07 light years away from Earth or 145.35 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 474.07 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 7.35 which put Eta2 Pictoris at a distance of 443.76 light years or 136.05 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 28,062,131.35 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 7,427.00 Parsecs or 24,224.15 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 NameEta2 Pictoris
Alternative NamesEta02 Pic, HD 33042, HIP 23649, HR 1663
Spectral TypeM2IIIvar
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPictor
Absolute Magnitude -0.76 / -0.62
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.05
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 04m 57.95
Declination (Dec.)-49° 34` 40.2
Galactic Latitude-37.28 degrees
Galactic Longitude256.17 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.88 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 474.07 Light Years
 145.35 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth7.35 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 443.76 Light Years
 136.05 Parsecs
 28,062,131.35 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,224.15 Light Years / 7,427.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-2.20 ± 0.16 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.68.96 ± 0.17 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.48
Radial Velocity36.00 ± 0.80 km/s
Eccentricity0.33
Semi-Major Axis5276.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)414.26
Associated / Clustered StarsEta1 Pictoris

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,025 Kelvin

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SIMBAD SourceLink

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