VW Pictoris is a blue to white eclipsing binary system main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Pictor. The description is based on the spectral class. VW Pictoris is not part of the constellation but is within the borders of the constellation.
The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it. The star has an estimated age of 1.10 Billion of Years but could be as young as 1.00 to 1.20 according to Hipparcos.
HIP23196 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD32278.
VW Pictoris has alternative name(s) :- , VW Pic.
More details on star alternative names can be found at Star Names .
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 VW Pictoris, the location is 04h 59m 29.64 and -49° 27` 29.2 .
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 -0.95 ± 0.74 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 22.32 ± 0.78 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 14.00 km/s with an error of about 1.50 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.
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 29.31 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.
VW Pictoris has a spectral type of F3V. This means the star is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,429.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,230.67 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.37 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,870 Kelvin.
VW Pictoris Radius has been calculated as being 4.12 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,867,241.95.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 3.97. 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 -0.10 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.
The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 1.10 Billion years old but could be between 1.00 and 1.20 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.
VW Pictoris has an apparent magnitude of 6.99 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 1.02 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.10. 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.41 which gave the calculated distance to VW Pictoris as 508.84 light years away from Earth or 156.01 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 508.84 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 6.64 which put VW Pictoris at a distance of 491.21 light years or 150.60 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 7,429.00 Parsecs or 24,230.67 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.
The star is a eclipsing binary system Beta Lyrae (Sheliak) 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. VW Pictoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.140 to a magnitude of 7.048 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.4 days (variability).
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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||VW Pictoris|
|Alternative Names||HD 32278, HIP 23196, VW Pic|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||Yes|
|Star Type||main sequence Dwarf Star|
|Colour||blue to white|
|Age||1.10 Billion Years Old|
|Age Range||1.00 - 1.20 Billion Years Old|
|Absolute Magnitude||1.02 / 1.10|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||6.99|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||04h 59m 29.64|
|Declination (Dec.)||-49° 27` 29.2|
|Galactic Latitude||-38.17 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||256.04 degrees|
|1997 Distance from Earth||6.41 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|508.84 Light Years|
|2007 Distance from Earth||6.64 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|491.21 Light Years|
|Galacto-Centric Distance||24,230.67 Light Years / 7,429.00 Parsecs|
|Proper Motion Dec.||-0.95 ± 0.74 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||22.32 ± 0.78 milliarcseconds/year|
|Radial Velocity||14.00 ± 1.50 km/s|
|Iron Abundance||-0.10 ± 9.99 Fe/H|
|Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)||29.31|
|Variable Star Class||Eclipsing binary system|
|Variable Star Type||Beta Lyrae (Sheliak)|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||0.426|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||7.048 - 7.140|
|Calculated Effective Temperature||6,870 Kelvin|
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.
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|H.D. Id||B.D. Id||Star Code||Magnitude||R.A.||Dec.||Spectrum||Colour||Year|