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Prima Hyadum, Gamma Tauri, 54 Tauri, HD27371, HIP20205, HR1346

Prima Hyadum (Gamma Tauri) is a white to yellow giant star that can be located in the constellation of Taurus. Prima Hyadum is the brightest star in Taurus based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Gamma Tauri is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1346. HIP20205 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD27371.

Prima Hyadum has alternative name(s), Hyadum I, Gamma Tau , .

Location of Prima Hyadum

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 Prima Hyadum, the location is 04h 19m 47.53 and +15d 37` 39.7 .

Proper Motion of Prima Hyadum

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 -23.42 ± 0.20 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 115.46 ± 0.32 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Prima Hyadum 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 113.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Prima Hyadum

Prima Hyadum has a spectral type of G8III. This means the star is a white to yellow giant star. The star is 7445.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24282.8609608000000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.98 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,888 Kelvin.

Prima Hyadum Radius has been calculated as being 11.45 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 7,963,842.95.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 11.99. 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 0.12 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Prima Hyadum Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Prima Hyadum has an apparent magnitude of 3.65 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 0.28 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.18. 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 Prima Hyadum

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 21.17 which gave the calculated distance to Prima Hyadum as 154.07 light years away from Earth or 47.24 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 154.07 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 20.19 which put Prima Hyadum at a distance of 161.55 light years or 49.53 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 7,445.00 Parsecs or 24,282.86 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.

Prima Hyadum Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NamePrima Hyadum
Flamsteed Name54 Tauri
Flamsteed Short Name54 Tau
Bayer DesignationGamma Tauri
Alternative Name(s)Hyadum I, Gamma Tau
Hipparcos Library I.D.20205
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id1346
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+15 612
Henry Draper Designation27371

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude0.28 / 0.18
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.65
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)04h 19m 47.53
Declination (Dec.)+15d 37` 39.7
Galactic Latitude-23.82 degrees
Galactic Longitude179.08 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth21.17 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 154.07 Light Years
 47.24 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth20.19 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 161.55 Light Years
 49.53 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,282.86 Light Years / 7,445.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-23.42 ± 0.20 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.115.46 ± 0.32 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.98
Radial Velocity38.56 ± 0.09 km/s
Iron Abundance0.12 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeG8III
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)113.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature4,888 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.

Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
27371+15 612.0A3.60000115.00000-25.00000

Location of Prima Hyadum in Taurus

Prima Hyadum (Gamma Tauri) Location in Taurus

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

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