HIP62401 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD111166.
RU Virginis has alternative name(s) :- RU Vir, RU Vir.
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+04 2651a.
More details on objects' alternative names can be found at Star Names .
The location of the carbon star in the night sky 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For RU Virginis, the location is 12h 47m 18.41 and +04° 08` 41.6 .
RU Virginis has a spectral type of C0. This means the star is a carbon red carbon star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 4.4 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 0 Kelvin.
RU Virginis has been calculated as 740.00 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 514,892,000.00.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2.
RU Virginis has an apparent magnitude of 11.98 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of . 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 -2.25 which gave the calculated distance to RU Virginis as -1449.61 light years away from Earth or -444.44 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -1449.61 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 -1.87 which put RU Virginis at a distance of -1744.19 light years or -534.76 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.
Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly -110,301,399.20 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.
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. RU Virginis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 11.761 to a magnitude of 10.034 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 443.7 days (variability).
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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||RU Virginis|
|Alternative Names||RU Vir, HD 111166, HIP 62401, BD+04 2651a, RU Vir|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Star Type||Carbon Star|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||11.98|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||12h 47m 18.41|
|Declination (Dec.)||+04° 08` 41.6|
|Galactic Latitude||67.00 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||300.30 degrees|
|1997 Distance from Earth||-2.25 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|-1449.61 Light Years|
|2007 Distance from Earth||-1.87 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|-1744.19 Light Years|
|-110,301,399.20 Astronomical Units|
|Radial Velocity||2.00 ± 3.50 km/s|
|Variable Star Class||Pulsating|
|Variable Star Type||Omicron Ceti|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||443.700|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||10.034 - 11.761|
|Radius (x the Sun)||740.00|
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