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Tau8 Serpentis - HD140729 - HIP77111

Tau8 Serpentis is a blue main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Serpens. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Tau8 Serpentis is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP77111 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD140729.

Tau8 Serpentis has alternative name(s), 26 Serpentis , 26 Ser.

Location of Tau8 Serpentis

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 Tau8 Serpentis, the location is 15h 44m 42.15 and +17d15`51.2 .

Proper Motion of Tau8 Serpentis

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 5.02 ± 0.38 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -29.59 ± 0.49 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Tau8 Serpentis 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 24.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Tau8 Serpentis

Tau8 Serpentis has a spectral type of A0V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7335.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23924.0812824000000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 9,531 Kelvin.

Tau8 Serpentis Radius has been calculated as being 1.99 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,383,882.78.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.29. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Tau8 Serpentis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Tau8 Serpentis has an apparent magnitude of 6.15 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 1.18 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.87. 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 Tau8 Serpentis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 10.16 which gave the calculated distance to Tau8 Serpentis as 321.03 light years away from Earth or 98.43 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 321.03 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 8.80 which put Tau8 Serpentis at a distance of 370.64 light years or 113.64 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 7,335.00 Parsecs or 23,924.08 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.

Tau8 Serpentis Facts

Alternative Names

Short Name26 Ser
Bayer DesignationTau8 Serpentis
Alternative Name(s)26 Serpentis
Hipparcos Library I.D.77111
Bonner DurchmusterungBDD+17 2906
Henry Draper Designation140729

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Absolute Magnitude1.18 / 0.87
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.15
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Ref: Wiki
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 44m 42.15
Declination (Dec.)+17d15`51.2
Galactic Latitude48.91 degrees
Galactic Longitude28.33 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth10.16 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 321.03 Light Years
 98.43 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth8.80 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 370.64 Light Years
 113.64 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,924.08 Light Years / 7,335.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.5.02 ± 0.38 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-29.59 ± 0.49 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.00
Radial Velocity-5.20 ± 4.30 km/s
Spectral TypeA0V
Colour(A) blue

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)24.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature9,531 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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