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Lambda Tucanae B, HD5457, HIP4293, HR270

Lambda Tucanae B is a white to yellow giant star that can be located in the constellation of Tucana. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Lambda Tucanae B's Alternative Names

Lambda Tucanae B is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR270. HIP4293 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD5457.

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

Location of Lambda Tucanae B

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 Lambda Tucanae B, the location is 00h 55m 00.30 and -69° 31` 37.1 .

Proper Motion of Lambda Tucanae B

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 -43.69 ± 0.23 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 7.37 ± 0.27 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards us is 5.10000 km/s with an error of about 2.80 km/s .

Lambda Tucanae B 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 40.7200000 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 Lambda Tucanae B

Lambda Tucanae B has a spectral type of G7III. This means the star is a white to yellow giant star. The star is 7376.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24057.8082534400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,849 Kelvin.

Lambda Tucanae B Radius has been calculated as being 6.94 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,831,363.54.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 7.30. 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 0.07 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Lambda Tucanae B Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Lambda Tucanae B has an apparent magnitude of 5.45 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 1.40 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.29. 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 Lambda Tucanae B

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 15.52 which gave the calculated distance to Lambda Tucanae B as 210.16 light years away from Earth or 64.43 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 210.16 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 14.70 which put Lambda Tucanae B at a distance of 221.88 light years or 68.03 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 7,376.00 Parsecs or 24,057.81 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.

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Lambda Tucanae B Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 5457, HIP 4293, HR 270
Star TypeGiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude1.40 / 1.29
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.45
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)00h 55m 00.30
Declination (Dec.)-69° 31` 37.1
Galactic Latitude-47.60 degrees
Galactic Longitude302.47 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth15.52 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 210.16 Light Years
 64.43 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth14.70 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 221.88 Light Years
 68.03 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,057.81 Light Years / 7,376.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-43.69 ± 0.23 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.7.37 ± 0.27 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.00
Radial Velocity5.10 ± 2.80 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.02 ± 0.07 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7536.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)40.72
Spectral TypeG7III
Associated / Clustered StarsLambda Tucanae
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature4,849 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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