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S Pictoris, HD33894, HIP24126

S Pictoris is a red pulsating star that can be located in the constellation of Pictor. S Pictoris is the brightest star in Pictor based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

HIP24126 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD33894.

S Pictoris has alternative name(s), S Pic.

Location of S Pictoris

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 S Pictoris, the location is 05h 10m 57.24 and -48d 30` 25.5 .

Proper Motion of S Pictoris

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 11.02 ± 1.18 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 7.24 ± 1.36 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of S Pictoris

S Pictoris has a spectral type of M7e. This means the star is a red star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.31 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,369 Kelvin.

S Pictoris Radius has been calculated as being 11.75 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 8,177,428.78.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 10.00. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

S Pictoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

S Pictoris has an apparent magnitude of 9.11 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 0.71 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.06. 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 S Pictoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.09 which gave the calculated distance to S Pictoris as 1560.59 light years away from Earth or 478.47 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1560.59 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 2.46 which put S Pictoris at a distance of 1325.87 light years or 406.50 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 S Pictoris

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. S Pictoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 11.547 to a magnitude of 7.179 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 426.1 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.

S Pictoris Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameS Pictoris
Short NameS Pic
Hipparcos Library I.D.24126
Henry Draper Designation33894

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude0.71 / 1.06
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.11
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 10m 57.24
Declination (Dec.)-48d 30` 25.5
Galactic Latitude-36.29 degrees
Galactic Longitude254.84 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.09 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1560.59 Light Years
 478.47 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth2.46 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1325.87 Light Years
 406.50 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.11.02 ± 1.18 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.7.24 ± 1.36 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.31
Radial Velocity26.00 ± 999.00 km/s
Spectral TypeM7e
Colour(M) Red

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeOmicron Ceti
Mean Variability Period in Days426.100
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.179 - 11.547

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature4,369 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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