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Gliese 570 A

Gliese 570 A Facts

Gliese 570 A's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR5568. HIP73184 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD131977. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 570A. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Star Names

Gliese 570 A has alternative name(s) :- KX Librae.

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-20 4125.

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

Location of Gliese 570 A

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 Gliese 570 A, the location is 14h 57m 27.35 and -21° 24` 40.6 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Gliese 570 A

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 -1,725.87 ± 0.51 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 1,037.06 ± 0.94 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 26.79 km/s with an error of about 0.09 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.

Gliese 570 A 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 0.22 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 Gliese 570 A

Gliese 570 A Colour and Temperature

Gliese 570 A has a spectral type of K4V. This means the star is a orange to red main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.02 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,811 Kelvin.

Gliese 570 A Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 0.57 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 397,054.18.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 0.56. 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 0.02 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Gliese 570 A Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Gliese 570 A has an apparent magnitude of 5.72 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 6.86 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 6.89. 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 Gliese 570 A

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 169.32 which gave the calculated distance to Gliese 570 A as 19.26 light years away from Earth or 5.91 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 19.26 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 171.22 which put Gliese 570 A at a distance of 19.05 light years or 5.84 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 1,204,578.07 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 7,395.00 Parsecs or 24,119.78 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 Gliese 570 A

The star is a rotating BY Draconis 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.

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 Gliese 570 A Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameGliese 570 A
Alternative NamesKX Librae, HD 131977, HIP 73184, HR 5568, BD-20 4125, Gliese 570A
Spectral TypeK4V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 6.86 / 6.89
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.72
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 57m 27.35
Declination (Dec.)-21° 24` 40.6
Galactic Latitude32.68 degrees
Galactic Longitude338.24 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth169.32 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 19.26 Light Years
 5.91 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth171.22 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 19.05 Light Years
 5.84 Parsecs
 1,204,578.07 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,119.78 Light Years / 7,395.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-1725.87 ± 0.51 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1037.06 ± 0.94 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.02
Radial Velocity26.79 ± 0.09 km/s
Iron Abundance0.02 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7310.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)0.22
Associated / Clustered StarsGliese 570 B
Gliese 570 D

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassRotating
Variable Star TypeBY Draconis

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)0.56
Effective Temperature4,811 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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