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Psi Scorpii, 15 Scorpii, HD145570, HIP79375, HR6031

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

Psi Scorpii's Alternative Names

Psi Scorpii is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6031. HIP79375 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD145570.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 15 Scorpii with it shortened to 15 Sco.

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-09 4324.

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

Location of Psi Scorpii

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 Psi Scorpii, the location is 16h 12m 00.00 and -10° 03` 51.1 .

Proper Motion of Psi Scorpii

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 -23.74 ± 0.95 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -21.98 ± 1.36 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 -5.10000 km/s with an error of about 1.00 km/s .

Psi Scorpii 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 20.8000000 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Psi Scorpii

Psi Scorpii has a spectral type of A3IV. This means the star is a blue subgiant star. The star is 7359.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24002.3604849600000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.08 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 8,626 Kelvin.

Psi Scorpii Radius has been calculated as being 2.18 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,519,690.26.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.06. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Psi Scorpii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Psi Scorpii has an apparent magnitude of 4.93 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 1.41 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.54. 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 Psi Scorpii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 19.79 which gave the calculated distance to Psi Scorpii as 164.81 light years away from Earth or 50.53 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 164.81 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 20.96 which put Psi Scorpii at a distance of 155.61 light years or 47.71 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 7,359.00 Parsecs or 24,002.36 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.

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Psi Scorpii Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 145570, HIP 79375, HR 6031, 15 Scorpii, 15 Sco, BD-09 4324
Star TypeSubgiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude1.41 / 1.54
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.93
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)16h 12m 00.00
Declination (Dec.)-10° 03` 51.1
Galactic Latitude28.81 degrees
Galactic Longitude2.54 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth19.79 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 164.81 Light Years
 50.53 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth20.96 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 155.61 Light Years
 47.71 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,002.36 Light Years / 7,359.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-23.74 ± 0.95 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-21.98 ± 1.36 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.08
Radial Velocity-5.10 ± 1.00 km/s
Semi-Major Axis8119.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)20.80
Spectral TypeA3IV
Colour(A) blue

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature8,626 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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