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V Pavonis, HD160435, HIP86728

Primary Facts on V Pavonis

  • V Pavonis's star type is pulsating luminous giant star that can be located in the constellation of Pavo. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • V Pavonis is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (C5II) of the star, the star's colour is carbon red .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 1208.01 light years away from us.

V Pavonis's Alternative Names

HIP86728 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD160435.

V Pavonis has alternative name(s) :- , V Pav.

More details on star alternative names can be found at Star Names .

Location of V Pavonis

The location of the star in the night sky 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 V Pavonis, the location is 17h 43m 18.94 and -57° 43` 26.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of V Pavonis

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 -5.96 ± 0.35 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -3.43 ± 0.53 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 the Sun is 15.60 km/s with an error of about 2.40 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V Pavonis

V Pavonis has a spectral type of C5II. This means the star is a carbon red luminous giant star. The star is 7,092.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or in terms of Light Years is 23,131.50 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 2.45 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 41 Kelvin.

V Pavonis Radius has been calculated as being 237,323.64 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 165,129,786,065.32.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 291974.83. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V Pavonis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V Pavonis has an apparent magnitude of 6.85 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 -0.54 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.99. 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 V Pavonis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.32 which gave the calculated distance to V Pavonis as 982.42 light years away from Earth or 301.20 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 982.42 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 2.70 which put V Pavonis at a distance of 1208.01 light years or 370.37 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 76,393,763.97 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,092.00 Parsecs or 23,131.50 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 V Pavonis

The star is a pulsating Semiregular late- (M 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. V Pavonis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.872 to a magnitude of 6.468 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.4 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.

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Additional V Pavonis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV Pavonis
Alternative NamesHD 160435, HIP 86728, V Pav
Spectral TypeC5II
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeLuminous Giant Star
Colour carbon red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPavo
Absolute Magnitude -0.54 / -0.99
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.85
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 43m 18.94
Declination (Dec.)-57° 43` 26.2
Galactic Latitude-14.26 degrees
Galactic Longitude334.72 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.32 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 982.42 Light Years
 301.20 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.70 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1208.01 Light Years
 370.37 Parsecs
 76,393,763.97 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,131.50 Light Years / 7,092.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-5.96 ± 0.35 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-3.43 ± 0.53 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index2.45
Radial Velocity15.60 ± 2.40 km/s
Eccentricity0.14
Semi-Major Axis6682.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemiregular late- (M
Mean Variability Period in Days0.413
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.468 - 6.872

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature41 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.


Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
160435-57 8687.4A-2.00000-49.00000NB
B14.000001900

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