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Omicron Tauri, 1 Tauri, HD21120, HIP15900

Omicron Tauri is a white to yellow giant star that can be located in the constellation of Taurus. Omicron Tauri is the brightest star in Taurus 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.

Omicron Tauri is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP15900 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD21120. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 3. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major.

Location of Omicron Tauri

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 Tauri, the location is 03h 24m 48.84 and +09d01`44.6 .

Proper Motion of Omicron Tauri

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 -78.04 ± 0.54 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -67.04 ± 0.87 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Omicron Tauri 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 113.0000000 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, Radius) of Omicron Tauri

Omicron Tauri has a spectral type of G8III. This means the star is a white to yellow giant star. The star is 7469.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24361.1401633600000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.88 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,096 Kelvin.

Omicron Tauri Radius has been calculated as being 14.74 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 10,254,946.75.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 20.25. 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 -0.09 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Omicron Tauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Omicron Tauri has an apparent magnitude of 3.61 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 -0.45 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.14. 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 Omicron Tauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 15.42 which gave the calculated distance to Omicron Tauri as 211.52 light years away from Earth or 64.85 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 211.52 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 11.21 which put Omicron Tauri at a distance of 290.96 light years or 89.21 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 7,469.00 Parsecs or 24,361.14 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.

Omicron Tauri Facts

Alternative Names

Flamsteed Name1 Tauri
Flamsteed Short Name1 Tau
Bayer DesignationOmicron Tauri
Hipparcos Library I.D.15900
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+08 511
Gould I.D.3
Henry Draper Designation21120

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude-0.45 / -1.14
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.61
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)03h 24m 48.84
Declination (Dec.)+09d01`44.6
Galactic Latitude-38.16 degrees
Galactic Longitude174.12 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth15.42 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 211.52 Light Years
 64.85 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth11.21 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 290.96 Light Years
 89.21 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,361.14 Light Years / 7,469.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-78.04 ± 0.54 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-67.04 ± 0.87 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.88
Radial Velocity-21.00 ± 2.00 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.09 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeG8III
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)113.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature5,096 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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