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R Pavonis, HD165961, HIP89258

R Pavonis is a red pulsating star that can be located in the constellation of Pavo. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

HIP89258 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD165961.

R Pavonis has alternative name(s), R Pav.

Location of R Pavonis

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 R Pavonis, the location is 18h 12m 52.98 and -63d 36` 57.4 .

Proper Motion of R Pavonis

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 14.26 ± 1.14 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -27.03 ± 1.60 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of R Pavonis

R Pavonis has a spectral type of Me. This means the star is a red star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.5 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,014 Kelvin.

R Pavonis Radius has been calculated as being 25.34 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 17,629,454.98.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 12.87. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

R Pavonis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

R Pavonis has an apparent magnitude of 8.52 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 -0.59 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.88. 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 R Pavonis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.51 which gave the calculated distance to R Pavonis as 2160.02 light years away from Earth or 662.25 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 2160.02 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 2.97 which put R Pavonis at a distance of 1098.19 light years or 336.70 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.

Variable Type of R Pavonis

The star is a pulsating Omicron Ceti variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. R Pavonis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 11.387 to a magnitude of 7.735 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 231.5 days (variability).

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.

R Pavonis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameR Pavonis
Short NameR Pav
Hipparcos Library I.D.89258
Henry Draper Designation165961

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude-0.59 / 0.88
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.52
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 12m 52.98
Declination (Dec.)-63d 36` 57.4
Galactic Latitude-20.01 degrees
Galactic Longitude330.72 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.51 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2160.02 Light Years
 662.25 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth2.97 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1098.19 Light Years
 336.70 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.14.26 ± 1.14 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-27.03 ± 1.60 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.50
Radial Velocity38.00 ± 999.00 km/s
Spectral TypeMe
Colour(M) Red

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeOmicron Ceti
Mean Variability Period in Days231.500
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.735 - 11.387

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature4,014 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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