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VX Piscis Austrini

VX Piscis Austrini Facts

  • VX Piscis Austrini is a giant star that can be located in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • VX Piscis Austrini is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (M3III) of the star, the star's colour is 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 836.32 light years away from us. Distance

VX Piscis Austrini's Alternative Names

HIP109282 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD210050.

VX Piscis Austrini has alternative name(s) :- , VX PsA.

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

Location of VX Piscis Austrini

The location of the giant 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For VX Piscis Austrini, the location is 22h 08m 19.36 and -34° 33` 21.1 .

Proper Motion of VX Piscis Austrini

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 -63.33 ± 0.37 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 22.28 ± 0.58 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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 of VX Piscis Austrini

VX Piscis Austrini Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of M3III , VX Piscis Austrini's colour and type is red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.48 which means the star's temperature is about 4,025 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

VX Piscis Austrini 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 236.33 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

VX Piscis Austrini Radius

VX Piscis Austrini estimated radius has been calculated as being 25.08 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 17,452,665.10.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 19.741139863935066571996026069. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

VX Piscis Austrini Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

VX Piscis Austrini has an apparent magnitude of 6.98 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 -0.58 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.06. 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 VX Piscis Austrini

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.08000 which gave the calculated distance to VX Piscis Austrini as 1058.97 light years away from Earth or 324.68 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 6,225,287,911,440,247.48, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.90000 which put VX Piscis Austrini at a distance of 836.32 light years or 256.41 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 52,887,990.44 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 7,260.00 Parsecs or 23,679.46 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to VX Piscis Austrini

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking4140,212,524,791.32
Car1204,673,750,826.38
Airbus A380736762,024,591.26
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269730,969,319.97
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54365,484,183.64
New Horizons Probe33,00016,995,457.55
Speed of Light670,616,629.00836.32
VX Piscis Austrini brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.065 to a magnitude of 6.969 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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 VX Piscis Austrini Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameVX Piscis Austrini
Alternative NamesHD 210050, HIP 109282, VX PsA
Spectral TypeM3III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourRed
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPiscis Austrinus
Absolute Magnitude -0.58 / -0.06
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.98
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)22h 08m 19.36
Declination (Dec.)-34° 33` 21.1
Galactic Latitude-54.45612277 degrees
Galactic Longitude10.64770059 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.08000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1058.97 Light Years
 324.68 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.90000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 836.32 Light Years
 256.41 Parsecs
 52,887,990.44 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,679.46 Light Years / 7,260.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-63.33000 ± 0.37000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.22.28000 ± 0.58000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.48
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)236.3300000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.071
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.969 - 7.065

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)19.74
Effective Temperature4,025 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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