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RV Corvi, HD109796, HIP61620

RV Corvi is a blue to white eclipsing main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Corvus. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

RV Corvi's Alternative Names

HIP61620 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD109796.

RV Corvi has alternative name(s) :- , RV Crv.

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-18 3431.

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

Location of RV Corvi

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For RV Corvi, the location is 12h 37m 40.73 and -19° 34` 40.2 .

Proper Motion of RV Corvi

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 11.66 ± 0.58 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -29.94 ± 0.81 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 19.00000 km/s with an error of about 4.60 km/s .

RV Corvi 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 9.91 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 RV Corvi

RV Corvi has a spectral type of F0V. This means the star is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,334.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23,920.82 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.4 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,728 Kelvin.

RV Corvi Radius has been calculated as being 3.57 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,486,577.07.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.44. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

RV Corvi Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

RV Corvi has an apparent magnitude of 8.77 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 1.42 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.25. 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 RV Corvi

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.39 which gave the calculated distance to RV Corvi as 962.13 light years away from Earth or 294.99 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 962.13 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 4.97 which put RV Corvi at a distance of 656.26 light years or 201.21 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 7,334.00 Parsecs or 23,920.82 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of RV Corvi

The star is a eclipsing Beta Lyrae (Sheliak)/Contact Systems of early (O-A) Spectral Type (subtype) 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. RV Corvi brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.305 to a magnitude of 8.707 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.7 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.

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameRV Corvi
Alternative NamesHD 109796, HIP 61620, BD-18 3431, RV Crv
Spectral TypeF0V
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue to white
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCorvus
Absolute Magnitude1.42 / 2.25
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.77
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 37m 40.73
Declination (Dec.)-19° 34` 40.2
Galactic Latitude43.18 degrees
Galactic Longitude298.49 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.39 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 962.13 Light Years
 294.99 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.97 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 656.26 Light Years
 201.21 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,920.82 Light Years / 7,334.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.11.66 ± 0.58 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-29.94 ± 0.81 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.40
Radial Velocity19.00 ± 4.60 km/s
Eccentricity0.05
Semi-Major Axis6984.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)9.91

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEclipsing
Variable Star TypeBeta Lyrae (Sheliak)/Contact Systems of early (O-A) Spectral Type (subtype)
Mean Variability Period in Days0.747
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.707 - 9.305

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature6,728 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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