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Iota Mensae

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Iota Mensae's Alternative Names

Iota Mensae (Iot Men) 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 HR1991. HIP26264 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD38602.

Iota Mensae has alternative name(s) :- , iot Men.

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

Location of Iota Mensae

The location of the giant 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 Iota Mensae, the location is 05h 35m 36.13 and -78° 49` 15.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Iota Mensae

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 18.21 ± 0.32 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 12.29 ± 0.35 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 12.60 km/s with an error of about 4.30 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.

Iota Mensae 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 268.89 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 Iota Mensae

Iota Mensae Colour and Temperature

Iota Mensae has a spectral type of B8III. This means the star is a blue giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.01 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 9,679 Kelvin.

Iota Mensae Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 5.03 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,497,322.54.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 5.39. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Iota Mensae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Iota Mensae has an apparent magnitude of 6.04 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 -0.90 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.05. 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 Iota Mensae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.10 which gave the calculated distance to Iota Mensae as 795.52 light years away from Earth or 243.90 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 5,019,346,702,385,353.19.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.82 which put Iota Mensae at a distance of 853.83 light years or 261.78 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 53,995,624.73 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 7,325.00 Parsecs or 23,891.46 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Time to Travel to Iota Mensae

A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

If you were to drive there at about 120 m.p.h. in a car with an infinity engine so you didn't have to pull over for petrol, it would take you 38,971,367,140,625.15 hours or 4,448,786,203.27 years.

At the time of writing, the fastest probe so far created is the New Horizon probe which is travelling at a speed of 33,000 m.p.h. If the probe was travelling to Iota Mensae then it would take 141,714,062,329.55 hours / 16,177,404.38 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, 795.52 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Iota Mensae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.049 to a magnitude of 6.035 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 2.4 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameIota Mensae
Alternative NamesIot Men, HD 38602, HIP 26264, HR 1991, iot Men
Spectral TypeB8III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationMensa
Absolute Magnitude -0.90 / -1.05
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.04
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.) 05h 35m 36.13
Declination (Dec.)-78° 49` 15.2
Galactic Latitude-30.22 degrees
Galactic Longitude290.68 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.10 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 795.52 Light Years
 243.90 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.82 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 853.83 Light Years
 261.78 Parsecs
 53,995,624.73 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,891.46 Light Years / 7,325.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.18.21 ± 0.32 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.12.29 ± 0.35 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.01
Radial Velocity12.60 ± 4.30 km/s
Eccentricity0.09
Semi-Major Axis6701.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)268.89

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days2.373
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.035 - 6.049

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)5.39
Effective Temperature9,679 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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