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Theta Apodis, , HD122250, HIP68815

Theta Apodis is a red pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Apus. Theta Apodis is the brightest star in Apus based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Theta Apodis is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP68815 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD122250.

Theta Apodis has alternative name(s), the Aps.

Location of Theta Apodis

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 Theta Apodis, the location is 14h 05m 20.10 and -76d47`48.0 .

Proper Motion of Theta Apodis

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 -32.54 ± 0.38 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -87.54 ± 0.49 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Theta Apodis 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 3.0000000 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 Theta Apodis

Theta Apodis has a spectral type of M6.5III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7334.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23920.8196489600000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.23 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,439 Kelvin.

Theta Apodis Radius has been calculated as being 11.60 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 8,068,837.37.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 13.01. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Theta Apodis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Theta Apodis has an apparent magnitude of 5.69 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 0.67 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.42. 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 Theta Apodis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.93 which gave the calculated distance to Theta Apodis as 328.46 light years away from Earth or 100.70 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 328.46 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 8.84 which put Theta Apodis at a distance of 368.96 light years or 113.12 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 Theta Apodis

The star is a pulsating Semiregular late- (M, C, S or Me, Ce, Se) giants with poorly defined periodicity 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. Theta Apodis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.257 to a magnitude of 4.813 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.5 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.

Theta Apodis Facts

Alternative Names

Short Namethe Aps
Bayer DesignationTheta Apodis
Hipparcos Library I.D.68815
Henry Draper Designation122250

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude0.67 / 0.42
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.69
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 05m 20.10
Declination (Dec.)-76d47`48.0
Galactic Latitude-14.54 degrees
Galactic Longitude307.22 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth9.93 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 328.46 Light Years
 100.70 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth8.84 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 368.96 Light Years
 113.12 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,920.82 Light Years / 7,334.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-32.54 ± 0.38 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-87.54 ± 0.49 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.23
Radial Velocity10.20 ± 0.50 km/s
Spectral TypeM6.5III
Colour(M) Red

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemiregular late- (M, C, S or Me, Ce, Se) giants with poorly defined periodicity
Mean Variability Period in Days0.461
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.813 - 5.257

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)3.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature4,439 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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