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Gamma Pavonis

Gamma Pavonis Facts

  • Gamma Pavonis is a main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Pavo. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Gamma Pavonis is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (F6V) of the star, the star's colour is yellow to white .
  • 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 30.21 light years away from us. Distance

Gamma Pavonis's Alternative Names

Gamma Pavonis (Gam Pav) 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 HR8181. HIP105858 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD203608. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 827. 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 Gamma Pavonis

The location of the main sequence 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 Gamma Pavonis, the location is 21h 26m 26.49 and -65° 22` 05.3 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Gamma Pavonis

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 800.60 ± 0.11 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 80.56 ± 0.19 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 -30.70000 km/s with an error of about 0.15 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 Gamma Pavonis

Gamma Pavonis Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of F6V , Gamma Pavonis's colour and type is yellow to white main sequence star. The star's effective temperature is 6,205 Kelvin which is hotter than our own Sun's effective Temperature which is 5,777 Kelvin.

Gamma Pavonis 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 1.53 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Gamma Pavonis Radius

Gamma Pavonis estimated radius has been calculated as being 1.03 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 716,059.42.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 1.0338671494878037580636553693. 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.

Gamma Pavonis Iron Abundance

Gamma Pavonis Iron Abundance is -0.62 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context. The value comes from the Hipparcos Extended Catalog.

Gamma Pavonis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Gamma Pavonis has an apparent magnitude of 4.21 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 4.39 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.38. 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 Gamma Pavonis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 108.50000 which gave the calculated distance to Gamma Pavonis as 30.06 light years away from Earth or 9.22 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 176,711,478,717,899.32, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 107.97000 which put Gamma Pavonis at a distance of 30.21 light years or 9.26 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 1,909,998.80 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 7,394.00 Parsecs or 24,116.52 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 Gamma Pavonis

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)
Walking45,064,832,090.52
Car120168,827,736.35
Airbus A38073627,526,261.36
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26926,404,466.18
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5413,202,215.88
New Horizons Probe33,000613,919.04
Speed of Light670,616,629.0030.21

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 Gamma Pavonis Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameGamma Pavonis
Alternative NamesGam Pav, HD 203608, HIP 105858, HR 8181, Gliese 827
Spectral TypeF6V
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourYellow - White
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPavo
Absolute Magnitude 4.39 / 4.38
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.21
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)21h 26m 26.49
Declination (Dec.)-65° 22` 05.3
Galactic Latitude-40.29120297 degrees
Galactic Longitude328.15436598 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth108.50000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 30.06 Light Years
 9.22 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth107.97000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 30.21 Light Years
 9.26 Parsecs
 1,909,998.80 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,116.52 Light Years / 7,394.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.800.60000 ± 0.11000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.80.56000 ± 0.19000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.49
Radial Velocity-30.70000 ± 0.15 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.6200 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.64150
Semi-Major Axis15822.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)1.5300000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)1.03
Effective Temperature6,327 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

Location of Gamma Pavonis in Pavo


Gamma Pavonis Location in Pavo

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

Pavo Main Stars


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