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TW Horologii - HD20234 - HIP14930

TW Horologii is a pulsating luminous giant star that can be located in the constellation of Horologium. HIP14930 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD20234. TW Horologii has alternative name(s), TW_Hor.

Location of TW Horologii

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 TW Horologii, the location is 03h 12m 33.14 and -57d19`17.7 .

Proper Motion of TW Horologii

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 013.20 ± 000.33 towards the north and 018.44 ± 000.37 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Temperature, Radius) of TW Horologii

TW Horologii has a spectral type of C5II. This means the star is a luminous giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 2.41 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 73 Kelvin.

TW Horologii has been calculated as 169,934.07 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 118,240,126,764.25.km.

TW Horologii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

TW Horologii has an apparent magnitude of 5.71 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 -2.32 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.83. 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 TW Horologii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.48 which gave the calculated distance to TW Horologii as 1315.17 light years away from Earth or 403.23 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1315.17 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 3.11 which put TW Horologii at a distance of 1048.76 light years or 321.54 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 TW Horologii

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. TW Horologii brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.000 to a magnitude of 6.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star.

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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

TW Horologii Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional NameTW Horologii
Short NameTW Hor
Hipparcos Library I.D.14930
Henry Draper Designation20234

Visual Facts

Star Typeluminous giant star
Absolute Magnitude-2.32 / -1.83
Apparent Magnitude5.71
Right Ascension (R.A.)03h 12m 33.14
Declination (Dec.)-57d19`17.7
1997 Distance from Earth2.48 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1315.17 Light Years
 403.23 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth3.11 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1048.76 Light Years
 321.54 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.13.20 ± 0.33 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.18.44 ± 0.37 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index2.41
Spectral TypeC5II

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemiregular late- (M, C, S or Me, Ce, Se) giants with poorly defined periodicity

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)169,934.07
Calculated Effective Temperature73 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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