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Nu Phoenicis, HD7570, HIP5862

Nu Phoenicis is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Phoenix. Nu Phoenicis is the brightest star in Phoenix based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. 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 4.20 Billion of Years but could be as young as 2.80 to 5.20 according to Hipparcos.

Nu Phoenicis is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP5862 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD7570. The Gliese ID of the star is Gliese GL55. 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.

Location of Nu Phoenicis

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 Nu Phoenicis, the location is 01h 15m 10.57 and -45d31`55.5 .

Proper Motion of Nu Phoenicis

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 177.63 ± 0.16 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 665.13 ± 0.24 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Nu Phoenicis 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 1.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Age, Radius) of Nu Phoenicis

Nu Phoenicis has a spectral type of F8V. This means the star is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7398.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24129.5641891200000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.5 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,285 Kelvin.

Nu Phoenicis Radius has been calculated as being 1.20 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 837,022.65.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.21. 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 0.13 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 4.20 Billion years old but could be between 2.80 and 5.20 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

Nu Phoenicis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Nu Phoenicis has an apparent magnitude of 4.97 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 4.08 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.07. 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 Phoenicis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 66.43 which gave the calculated distance to Nu Phoenicis as 49.10 light years away from Earth or 15.05 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 49.10 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 66.16 which put Nu Phoenicis at a distance of 49.30 light years or 15.11 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 7,398.00 Parsecs or 24,129.56 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.

Nu Phoenicis Facts

Alternative Names

Bayer DesignationNu Phoenicis
Hipparcos Library I.D.5862
Gliese ID55
Henry Draper Designation7570

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Age4.20 Billion Years Old
Age Range2.80 - 5.20 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude4.08 / 4.07
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.97
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)01h 15m 10.57
Declination (Dec.)-45d31`55.5
Galactic Latitude-71.00 degrees
Galactic Longitude290.08 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth66.43 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 49.10 Light Years
 15.05 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth66.16 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 49.30 Light Years
 15.11 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,129.56 Light Years / 7,398.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.177.63 ± 0.16 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.665.13 ± 0.24 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.50
Radial Velocity12.70 ± 0.65 km/s
Iron Abundance0.13 ± 0.01 Fe/H
Spectral TypeF8V
Colour(F) blue to white

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)1.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature6,285 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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Location of Nu Phoenicis in Phoenix


Nu Phoenicis (Nu Phoenicis) Location in Phoenix

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.


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