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Mu Fornacis, HD13709, HIP10320, HR652

Mu Fornacis is a blue main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Fornax. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Mu Fornacis's Alternative Names

Mu Fornacis is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR652. HIP10320 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD13709. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 89. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Ref : Star Names.

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

Location of Mu Fornacis

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 Mu Fornacis, the location is 02h 12m 54.46 and -30° 43` 25.8 .

Proper Motion of Mu Fornacis

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 6.85 ± 0.18 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 14.10 ± 0.24 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 10.00000 km/s with an error of about 3.70 km/s .

Mu Fornacis 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 78.4000000 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 Mu Fornacis

Mu Fornacis has a spectral type of A0V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7421.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24204.5817582400000000s. 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.

Mu Fornacis Radius has been calculated as being 2.99 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,078,378.27.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.88. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Mu Fornacis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Mu Fornacis has an apparent magnitude of 5.27 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 0.23 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.31. 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 Mu Fornacis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.82 which gave the calculated distance to Mu Fornacis as 332.14 light years away from Earth or 101.83 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 332.14 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 10.18 which put Mu Fornacis at a distance of 320.40 light years or 98.23 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 7,421.00 Parsecs or 24,204.58 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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Mu Fornacis Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 13709, HIP 10320, HR 652, Gliese 89
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude0.23 / 0.31
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.27
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)02h 12m 54.46
Declination (Dec.)-30° 43` 25.8
Galactic Latitude-71.84 degrees
Galactic Longitude229.18 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth9.82 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 332.14 Light Years
 101.83 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth10.18 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 320.40 Light Years
 98.23 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,204.58 Light Years / 7,421.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.6.85 ± 0.18 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.14.10 ± 0.24 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.01
Radial Velocity10.00 ± 3.70 km/s
Semi-Major Axis8236.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)78.40
Spectral TypeA0V
Colour(A) blue

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature9,679 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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