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HD 105071

HD 105071 Facts

  • HD 105071 is a supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Musca. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • HD 105071 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (B8Ia-Iab) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • 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 65232.67 light years away from us. Distance

HD 105071's Alternative Names

HIP59003 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD105071.

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

Location of HD 105071

The location of the supergiant 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 HD 105071, the location is 12h 05m 53.63 and -65° 32` 48.8 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HD 105071

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 -0.77 ± 0.31 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -5.76 ± 0.41 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 -15.50000 km/s with an error of about 2.20 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 HD 105071

HD 105071 Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of B8Ia-Iab , HD 105071's colour and type is blue supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.15 which means the star's temperature is about 7,846 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

HD 105071 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 105071 has an apparent magnitude of 6.30 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -10.21. 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 HD 105071

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.39000 which gave the calculated distance to HD 105071 as -8363.16 light years away from Earth or -2564.10 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about -49,163,884,575,994,239.81, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 0.05000 which put HD 105071 at a distance of 65232.67 light years or 20000 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 4,125,267,379.68 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.

Travel Time to HD 105071

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)
Walking410,936,528,314,017.36
Car120364,550,943,800.58
Airbus A38073659,437,653,880.53
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26957,015,353,488.89
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5428,507,639,589.76
New Horizons Probe33,0001,325,639,795.64
Speed of Light670,616,629.0065,232.67
HD 105071 brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.381 to a magnitude of 6.325 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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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Additional HD 105071 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 105071
Alternative NamesHD 105071, HIP 59003
Spectral TypeB8Ia-Iab
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationMusca
Absolute Magnitude / -10.21
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.30
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 05m 53.63
Declination (Dec.)-65° 32` 48.8
Galactic Latitude-3.09107799 degrees
Galactic Longitude298.23757617 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-0.39000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -8363.16 Light Years
 -2564.10 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.05000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 65232.67 Light Years
 20000 Parsecs
 4,125,267,379.68 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-0.77000 ± 0.31000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-5.76000 ± 0.41000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.15
Radial Velocity-15.50000 ± 2.20 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.044
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.325 - 6.381

Estimated Calculated Facts


Effective Temperature7,846 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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