HIP33107 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD51772.
VX Volantis has alternative name(s) :- , VX Vol.
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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 Volantis, the location is 06h 53m 44.29 and -65° 54` 50.0 .
Based on the star's spectral type of M5III , VX Volantis's colour and type is red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.6 which means the star's temperature is about 3,779 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.
VX Volantis estimated radius has been calculated as being 111.73 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 77,744,361.05.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. 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 Volantis has an apparent magnitude of 8.18 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.55 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 0.45000 which gave the calculated distance to VX Volantis as 7248.07 light years away from Earth or 2222.22 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 42,608,688,208,610,928.13, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.
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.
|Description||Speed (m.p.h.)||Time (years)|
|Speed of Sound (Mach 1)||767.269||6,335,035,391.96|
|Concorde (Mach 2)||1,534.54||3,167,513,567.69|
|New Horizons Probe||33,000||147,293,220.31|
|Speed of Light||670,616,629.00||7,248.07|
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||VX Volantis|
|Alternative Names||HD 51772, HIP 33107, VX Vol|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||Yes|
|Star Type||Giant Star|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||8.18|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||06h 53m 44.29|
|Declination (Dec.)||-65° 54` 50.0|
|Galactic Latitude||-24.37061186 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||276.31596729 degrees|
|Distance from Earth||0.45000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|7248.07 Light Years|
|458,362,583.82 Astronomical Units|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||0.211|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||8.026 - 8.278|
|Radius (x the Sun)||111.73|
|Effective Temperature||3,779 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|
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