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Eta Trianguli Australis, HD149671, HIP81710, HR6172

Eta Trianguli Australis is a blue subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Triangulum Australe. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Eta Trianguli Australis's Alternative Names

Eta Trianguli Australis (Eta01 Tra) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6172. HIP81710 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD149671.

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

Location of Eta Trianguli Australis

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 Eta Trianguli Australis, the location is 16h 41m 23.13 and -68° 17` 45.9 .

Proper Motion of Eta Trianguli Australis

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 -11.23 ± 0.25 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -14.51 ± 0.37 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 us is -10.00000 km/s with an error of about 7.60 km/s .

Eta Trianguli Australis 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 239.69 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 Eta Trianguli Australis

Eta Trianguli Australis has a spectral type of B7IV. This means the star is a blue subgiant star. The star is 7,248.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23,640.32 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.07 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 10,845 Kelvin.

Eta Trianguli Australis Radius has been calculated as being 3.70 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,575,940.84.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 3.57. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Eta Trianguli Australis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Eta Trianguli Australis has an apparent magnitude of 5.89 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 -0.73 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.65. 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 Eta Trianguli Australis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.74 which gave the calculated distance to Eta Trianguli Australis as 688.11 light years away from Earth or 210.97 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 688.11 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 4.93 which put Eta Trianguli Australis at a distance of 661.59 light years or 202.84 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 7,248.00 Parsecs or 23,640.32 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 NameEta Trianguli Australis
Alternative NamesEta01 Tra, HD 149671, HIP 81710, HR 6172
Spectral TypeB7IV
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeSubgiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationTriangulum Australe
Absolute Magnitude-0.73 / -0.65
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.89
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)16h 41m 23.13
Declination (Dec.)-68° 17` 45.9
Galactic Latitude-14.29 degrees
Galactic Longitude321.70 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.74 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 688.11 Light Years
 210.97 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.93 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 661.59 Light Years
 202.84 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,640.32 Light Years / 7,248.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-11.23 ± 0.25 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-14.51 ± 0.37 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.07
Radial Velocity-10.00 ± 7.60 km/s
Semi-Major Axis7595.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)239.69

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature10,845 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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