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Nu Pictoris, HD45229, HIP30342, HR2320

Nu Pictoris is a blue star that can be located in the constellation of Pictor. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Nu Pictoris is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR2320. HIP30342 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD45229.

Location of Nu Pictoris

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 Pictoris, the location is 06h 22m 55.87 and -56d 22` 11.7 .

Proper Motion of Nu Pictoris

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 -20.13 ± 0.51 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -39.96 ± 0.56 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 6.70000 km/s with an error of about 2.90 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Nu Pictoris

Nu Pictoris has a spectral type of Am. This means the star is a blue star. The star is 7404.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24149.1339897600000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.24 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,120 Kelvin.

Nu Pictoris Radius has been calculated as being 2.34 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,630,824.86.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.25. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Nu Pictoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Nu Pictoris has an apparent magnitude of 5.60 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 2.09 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.18. 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 Pictoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 19.87 which gave the calculated distance to Nu Pictoris as 164.15 light years away from Earth or 50.33 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 164.15 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 20.72 which put Nu Pictoris at a distance of 157.41 light years or 48.26 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 7,404.00 Parsecs or 24,149.13 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 Pictoris Facts

Alternative Names

Bayer DesignationNu Pictoris
Hipparcos Library I.D.30342
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id2320
Henry Draper Designation45229

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude2.09 / 2.18
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.60
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 22m 55.87
Declination (Dec.)-56d 22` 11.7
Galactic Latitude-26.16 degrees
Galactic Longitude265.18 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth19.87 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 164.15 Light Years
 50.33 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth20.72 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 157.41 Light Years
 48.26 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,149.13 Light Years / 7,404.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-20.13 ± 0.51 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-39.96 ± 0.56 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.24
Radial Velocity6.70 ± 2.90 km/s
Spectral TypeAm
Colour(A) blue

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature7,120 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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