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Mu Normae

Mu Normae Facts

Mu Normae's Alternative Names

Mu Normae (Mu. Nor) 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 HR6155. HIP81122 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD149038.

Mu Normae has alternative name(s) :- , mu. Nor.

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

Location of Mu Normae

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 Mu Normae, the location is 16h 34m 05.02 and -44° 02` 43.1 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Mu Normae

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 -1.98 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 0.02 ± 0.33 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 6.30 km/s with an error of about 2.50 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.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Mu Normae

Mu Normae Colour and Temperature

Mu Normae has a spectral type of B0Ia. This means the star is a blue supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.04 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 9,410 Kelvin.

Mu Normae Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 53.43 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 37,176,337.74.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 48.06. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Mu Normae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Mu Normae has an apparent magnitude of 4.86 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 -5.91 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -5.68. 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 Mu Normae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.70 which gave the calculated distance to Mu Normae as 4659.48 light years away from Earth or 1428.57 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 4659.48 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 0.78 which put Mu Normae at a distance of 4181.58 light years or 1282.05 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 264,439,952.21 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.

Variable Type of Mu Normae

The star is a pulsating Alpha Cygnus variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. Mu Normae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.936 to a magnitude of 4.904 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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 Mu Normae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameMu Normae
Alternative NamesMu. Nor, HD 149038, HIP 81122, HR 6155, mu. Nor
Spectral TypeB0Ia
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -5.91 / -5.68
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.86
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)16h 34m 05.02
Declination (Dec.)-44° 02` 43.1
Galactic Latitude2.51 degrees
Galactic Longitude 339.38 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth0.70 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 4659.48 Light Years
 1428.57 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.78 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 4181.58 Light Years
 1282.05 Parsecs
 264,439,952.21 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-1.98 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.0.02 ± 0.33 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.04
Radial Velocity6.30 ± 2.50 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeAlpha Cygnus
Mean Variability Period in Days0.020
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.904 - 4.936

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)48.06
Effective Temperature9,410 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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