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ET Virginis, HD123934, HIP69269

ET Virginis is a red pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Virgo. The description is based on the spectral class. ET Virginis 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.

ET Virginis's Alternative Names

HIP69269 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD123934.

ET Virginis has alternative name(s) :- , ET Vir.

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 219 G. Virginis. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD-15 3817.

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

Location of ET Virginis

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 ET Virginis, the location is 14h 10m 50.48 and -16° 18` 07.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of ET Virginis

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 -10.82 ± 0.19 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 4.28 ± 0.32 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 18.58 km/s with an error of about 0.56 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 (Colour, Temperature) of ET Virginis

ET Virginis has a spectral type of M1III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7,312.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23,849.06 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.68 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,539 Kelvin.

ET Virginis Radius has been calculated as being 42.57 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 29,623,624.32.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 36.24. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.23 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

ET Virginis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

ET Virginis has an apparent magnitude of 4.93 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 -1.17 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.82. 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 ET Virginis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.02 which gave the calculated distance to ET Virginis as 541.80 light years away from Earth or 166.11 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 541.80 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 7.08 which put ET Virginis at a distance of 460.68 light years or 141.24 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 29,132,638.24 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 7,312.00 Parsecs or 23,849.06 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of ET Virginis

The star is a pulsating Slow Irregular 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. ET Virginis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.055 to a magnitude of 4.961 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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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ET Virginis Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameET Virginis
Alternative NamesHD 123934, HIP 69269, 219 G. Virginis, BD-15 3817, ET Vir
Spectral TypeM1III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -1.17 / -0.82
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.93
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 10m 50.48
Declination (Dec.)-16° 18` 07.2
Galactic Latitude42.49 degrees
Galactic Longitude329.16 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.02 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 541.80 Light Years
 166.11 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth7.08 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 460.68 Light Years
 141.24 Parsecs
 29,132,638.24 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,849.06 Light Years / 7,312.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-10.82 ± 0.19 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.4.28 ± 0.32 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.68
Radial Velocity18.58 ± 0.56 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.23 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7645.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSlow Irregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.081
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.961 - 5.055

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature3,539 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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