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Xamidimura, Mu Scorpii, HD151890, HIP82514, HR6247

Xamidimura (Mu Scorpii) is a blue eclipsing star that can be located in the constellation of Scorpius. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Mu Scorpii is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6247. HIP82514 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD151890.

Xamidimura has alternative name(s), mu.01 Sco.

Location of Xamidimura

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 Xamidimura, the location is 16h 51m 52.24 and -38d 02` 50.4 .

Proper Motion of Xamidimura

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 -22.06 ± 0.63 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -10.58 ± 0.91 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 -7.60000 km/s with an error of about 3.90 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Xamidimura

Xamidimura has a spectral type of B1.5IV + B. This means the star is a blue star. The star is 7255.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23663.1506072000000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.2 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 16,954 Kelvin.

Xamidimura Radius has been calculated as being 6.86 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,774,004.69.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 4.17. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Xamidimura Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Xamidimura has an apparent magnitude of 3.00 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 -4.01 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.93. 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 Xamidimura

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.97 which gave the calculated distance to Xamidimura as 821.57 light years away from Earth or 251.89 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 821.57 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 6.51 which put Xamidimura at a distance of 501.02 light years or 153.61 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 7,255.00 Parsecs or 23,663.15 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of Xamidimura

The star is a eclipsing Beta Lyrae (Sheliak)/Semi-Detached System (subtype) 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. Xamidimura brightness ranges from a magnitude of 3.148 to a magnitude of 2.893 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.4 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.

Xamidimura Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameXamidimura
Short Namemu.01 Sco
Bayer DesignationMu Scorpii
Hipparcos Library I.D.82514
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id6247
Henry Draper Designation151890

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude-4.01 / -2.93
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)16h 51m 52.24
Declination (Dec.)-38d 02` 50.4
Galactic Latitude3.91 degrees
Galactic Longitude346.12 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.97 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 821.57 Light Years
 251.89 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth6.51 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 501.02 Light Years
 153.61 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,663.15 Light Years / 7,255.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-22.06 ± 0.63 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-10.58 ± 0.91 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.20
Radial Velocity-7.60 ± 3.90 km/s
Spectral TypeB1.5IV + B
Colour(B) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEclipsing
Variable Star TypeBeta Lyrae (Sheliak)/Semi-Detached System (subtype)
Mean Variability Period in Days1.446
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)2.893 - 3.148

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature16,954 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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