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Iota2 Scorpii

Iota2 Scorpii Facts

Iota2 Scorpii's Alternative Names

Iota2 Scorpii (Iot02 Sco) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in the early nineteenth century. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation although there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6631. HIP87294 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD161912.

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

Location of Iota2 Scorpii

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 Iota2 Scorpii, the location is 17h 50m 11.11 and -40° 05` 25.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Iota2 Scorpii

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 -2.42 ± 0.15 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 3.90 ± 0.24 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 -10.20 km/s with an error of about 3.10 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.

Iota2 Scorpii 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 5,697.55 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 Iota2 Scorpii

Iota2 Scorpii Colour and Temperature

Iota2 Scorpii has a spectral type of A6Ib. This means the star is a blue - white supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.25 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,058 Kelvin.

Iota2 Scorpii Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 78.63 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 54,711,487.00.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 53.90. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Iota2 Scorpii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Iota2 Scorpii has an apparent magnitude of 4.78 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 -5.50 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.68. 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 Iota2 Scorpii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.88 which gave the calculated distance to Iota2 Scorpii as 3706.40 light years away from Earth or 1136.36 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 3706.40 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 1.28 which put Iota2 Scorpii at a distance of 2548.15 light years or 781.25 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 161,143,257.02 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 6,666.00 Parsecs or 21,742.05 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*. Iota2 Scorpii brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.895 to a magnitude of 4.848 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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Additional Iota2 Scorpii Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameIota2 Scorpii
Alternative NamesIot02 Sco, HD 161912, HIP 87294, HR 6631
Spectral TypeA6Ib
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star less luminour Supergiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -5.50 / -4.68
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.78
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 50m 11.11
Declination (Dec.)-40° 05` 25.5
Galactic Latitude-6.54 degrees
Galactic Longitude350.89 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth0.88 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 3706.40 Light Years
 1136.36 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.28 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2548.15 Light Years
 781.25 Parsecs
 161,143,257.02 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance21,742.05 Light Years / 6,666.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-2.42 ± 0.15 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.3.90 ± 0.24 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.25
Radial Velocity-10.20 ± 3.10 km/s
Semi-Major Axis6804.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)5,697.55
Associated / Clustered StarsApollyon

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.077
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.848 - 4.895

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)53.90
Effective Temperature7,058 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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

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