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NU Hydrae, HD78902, HIP45030

NU Hydrae is a red eruptive variable star that can be located in the constellation of Hydra. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

NU Hydrae's Alternative Names

HIP45030 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD78902.

NU Hydrae has alternative name(s) :- , NU Hya.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD-11 2570.

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

Location of NU Hydrae

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 NU Hydrae, the location is 09h 10m 19.80 and -11° 37` 00.0 .

Proper Motion of NU Hydrae

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 0.12 ± 0.63 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -8.08 ± 0.82 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of NU Hydrae

NU Hydrae has a spectral type of M.... This means the star is a red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.48 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,056 Kelvin.

NU Hydrae Radius has been calculated as being 22.84 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 15,892,636.96.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 18.82. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

NU Hydrae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

NU Hydrae has an apparent magnitude of 8.43 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 -0.41 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.01. 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 NU Hydrae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.71 which gave the calculated distance to NU Hydrae as 1907.39 light years away from Earth or 584.80 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1907.39 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 2.07 which put NU Hydrae at a distance of 1575.67 light years or 483.09 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.

Variable Type of NU Hydrae

The star is a eruptive Irregular 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. NU Hydrae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.498 to a magnitude of 8.327 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameNU Hydrae
Alternative NamesHD 78902, HIP 45030, BD-11 2570, NU Hya
Spectral TypeM...
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationHydra
Absolute Magnitude-0.41 / 0.01
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.43
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)09h 10m 19.80
Declination (Dec.)-11° 37` 00.0
Galactic Latitude23.88 degrees
Galactic Longitude241.24 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.71 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1907.39 Light Years
 584.80 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.07 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1575.67 Light Years
 483.09 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.0.12 ± 0.63 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-8.08 ± 0.82 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.48

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeIrregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.139
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.327 - 8.498

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,056 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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