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UX Orionis, HD293782, HIP23602

UX Orionis is a blue eruptive star that can be located in the constellation of Orion. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

HIP23602 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD293782.

UX Orionis has alternative name(s), UX Ori.

Location of UX Orionis

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 UX Orionis, the location is 05h 04m 29.99 and -03d 47` 14.3 .

Proper Motion of UX Orionis

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 -4.32 ± 1.44 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 0.86 ± 2.28 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of UX Orionis

UX Orionis has a spectral type of A2e. This means the star is a blue star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.38 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,465 Kelvin.

UX Orionis Radius has been calculated as being 9.63 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 6,702,800.13.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.65. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

UX Orionis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

UX Orionis has an apparent magnitude of 10.51 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 -0.56 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 3.27. 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 UX Orionis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.61 which gave the calculated distance to UX Orionis as 5346.94 light years away from Earth or 1639.34 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 5346.94 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 3.57 which put UX Orionis at a distance of 913.62 light years or 280.11 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 UX Orionis

The star is a eruptive Irregular 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. UX Orionis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 11.329 to a magnitude of 10.121 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.2 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.

UX Orionis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameUX Orionis
Short NameUX Ori
Hipparcos Library I.D.23602
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-04 1029
Henry Draper Designation293782

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude-0.56 / 3.27
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.51
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 04m 29.99
Declination (Dec.)-03d 47` 14.3
Galactic Latitude-25.44 degrees
Galactic Longitude203.63 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth0.61 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 5346.94 Light Years
 1639.34 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth3.57 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 913.62 Light Years
 280.11 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-4.32 ± 1.44 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.0.86 ± 2.28 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.38
Spectral TypeA2e
Colour(A) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeIrregular
Mean Variability Period in Days1.202
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)10.121 - 11.329

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature6,465 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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