Omicron Octantis is a blue subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Octans. Omicron Octantis is the brightest star in Octans based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
Omicron Octantis is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP1007 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD1348.
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 Omicron Octantis, the location is 00h 12m 33.67 and -88d21`46.4 .
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 2.80 ± 0.32 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 14.48 ± 0.40 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.
Omicron Octantis has a spectral type of B9.5IV. This means the star is a blue subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 9,531 Kelvin.
Omicron Octantis Radius has been calculated as being 7.12 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,955,945.26.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 6.77. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.
Omicron Octantis has an apparent magnitude of 7.22 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 -1.59 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.48. 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.73 which gave the calculated distance to Omicron Octantis as 1885.34 light years away from Earth or 578.03 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1885.34 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 1.82 which put Omicron Octantis at a distance of 1792.11 light years or 549.45 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.
|Bayer Designation||Omicron Octantis|
|Hipparcos Library I.D.||1007|
|Henry Draper Designation||1348|
|Star Type||subgiant star|
|Absolute Magnitude||-1.59 / -1.48|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||7.22|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||00h 12m 33.67|
|Galactic Latitude||-28.74 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||303.25 degrees|
|1997 Distance from Earth||1.73 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|1885.34 Light Years|
|2007 Revised Distance from Earth||1.82 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|1792.11 Light Years|
|Proper Motion Dec.||2.80 ± 0.32 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||14.48 ± 0.40 milliarcseconds/year|
|Radial Velocity||7.70 ± 0.90 km/s|
|Calculated Effective Temperature||9,531 Kelvin|