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Nu2 Lupi, HD136352, HIP75181, HR5699

Nu2 Lupi is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Lupus. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it. The star has an estimated age of 11.00 Billion of Years but could be as young as 7.60 to 14.00 according to Hipparcos. Nu2 Lupi has at least 3 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.

Nu2 Lupi's Alternative Names

Nu2 Lupi (Nu.02 Lup) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR5699. HIP75181 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD136352. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 582. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Star Names

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

Location of Nu2 Lupi

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Nu2 Lupi, the location is 15h 21m 49.57 and -48° 19` 01.1 .

Proper Motion of Nu2 Lupi

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 -275.62 ± 0.28 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -1,622.61 ± 0.39 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 -66.50000 km/s with an error of about 0.59 km/s .

Nu2 Lupi 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 1.16 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, Age) of Nu2 Lupi

Nu2 Lupi has a spectral type of G2V. This means the star is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,388.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,096.95 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.63 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,789 Kelvin.

Nu2 Lupi Radius has been calculated as being 1.00 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 698,446.77.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 1.02. 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 -0.29 with an error value of 0.01 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 11.00 Billion years old but could be between 7.60 and 14.00 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old. The reported age is older than the widely recognised age of the Universe so a little scepticism about the age is warranted.

Nu2 Lupi Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Nu2 Lupi has an apparent magnitude of 5.65 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 4.83 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.80. 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 Nu2 Lupi

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 68.70 which gave the calculated distance to Nu2 Lupi as 47.48 light years away from Earth or 14.56 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 47.48 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 67.51 which put Nu2 Lupi at a distance of 48.31 light years or 14.81 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 7,388.00 Parsecs or 24,096.95 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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Nu2 Lupi Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameNu2 Lupi
Alternative NamesNu.02 Lup, HD 136352, HIP 75181, HR 5699, Gliese 582
Spectral TypeG2V
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour white to yellow
GalaxyMilky Way
Age11.00 Billion Years Old
Age Range7.60 - 14.00 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude4.83 / 4.80
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.65
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 21m 49.57
Declination (Dec.)-48° 19` 01.1
Galactic Latitude7.38 degrees
Galactic Longitude327.08 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth68.70 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 47.48 Light Years
 14.56 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth67.51 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 48.31 Light Years
 14.81 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,096.95 Light Years / 7,388.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-275.62 ± 0.28 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-1622.61 ± 0.39 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.63
Radial Velocity-66.50 ± 0.59 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.29 ± 0.01 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis6270.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)1.16

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count3

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,789 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting Nu2 Lupi

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastronInclination
HD 136352 bConfirmed0.002511.5770.1820110.09332011.000
HD 136352 cConfirmed0.003127.5820.1620110.16652011.000
HD 136352 dConfirmed0.011106.7200.4320110.4112011.000

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