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Thabit, Upsilon Orionis, 36 Orionis, HD36512, HIP25923, HR1855

Thabit (Upsilon Orionis) is a blue star that can be located in the constellation of Orion. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Upsilon Orionis is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1855. HIP25923 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD36512.

Location of Thabit

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 Thabit, the location is 05h 31m 55.86 and -07d 18` 05.5 .

Proper Motion of Thabit

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 -4.87 ± 0.14 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -0.10 ± 0.25 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 17.10000 km/s with an error of about 2.50 km/s .

Thabit 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 24000.0000000 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 Thabit

Thabit has a spectral type of B0V. This means the star is a blue star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.26 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 24,330 Kelvin.

Thabit Radius has been calculated as being 2.97 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,066,048.57.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 5.50. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is 0.25 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Thabit Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Thabit has an apparent magnitude of 4.62 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 -3.76 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -5.10. 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 Thabit

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.11 which gave the calculated distance to Thabit as 1545.80 light years away from Earth or 473.93 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1545.80 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 1.14 which put Thabit at a distance of 2861.08 light years or 877.19 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.

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.

Thabit Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameThabit
Flamsteed Name36 Orionis
Flamsteed Short Name36 Ori
Bayer DesignationUpsilon Orionis
Hipparcos Library I.D.25923
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id1855
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-07 1106
Henry Draper Designation36512

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude-3.76 / -5.10
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.62
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 31m 55.86
Declination (Dec.)-07d 18` 05.5
Galactic Latitude-20.98 degrees
Galactic Longitude210.44 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.11 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1545.80 Light Years
 473.93 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth1.14 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2861.08 Light Years
 877.19 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-4.87 ± 0.14 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-0.10 ± 0.25 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.26
Radial Velocity17.10 ± 2.50 km/s
Iron Abundance0.25 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeB0V
Colour(B) blue

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)24,000.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature24,330 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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Location of Thabit in Orion

Thabit (Upsilon Orionis) Location in Orion

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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