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WX Pictoris, HD36206, HIP25579

WX Pictoris is a orange to red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Pictor. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

WX Pictoris's Alternative Names

HIP25579 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD36206.

WX Pictoris has alternative name(s) :- , WX Pic.

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

Location of WX Pictoris

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 WX Pictoris, the location is 05h 28m 00.36 and -44° 27` 38.2 .

Proper Motion of WX Pictoris

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 9.19 ± 0.59 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -6.19 ± 0.67 miliarcseconds/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 (Colour, Temperature) of WX Pictoris

WX Pictoris has a spectral type of K5/M0III:. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.54 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,913 Kelvin.

WX Pictoris Radius has been calculated as being 63.96 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 44,503,337.32.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 19.67. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

WX Pictoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

WX Pictoris has an apparent magnitude of 8.69 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 -2.49 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.07. 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 WX Pictoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.58 which gave the calculated distance to WX Pictoris as 5623.51 light years away from Earth or 1724.14 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 5623.51 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 1.89 which put WX Pictoris at a distance of 1725.73 light years or 529.10 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. WX Pictoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.858 to a magnitude of 8.741 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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WX Pictoris Facts

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameWX Pictoris
Alternative NamesHD 36206, HIP 25579, WX Pic
Spectral TypeK5/M0III:
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour orange to red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPictor
Absolute Magnitude-2.49 / 0.07
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.69
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 28m 00.36
Declination (Dec.)-44° 27` 38.2
Galactic Latitude-33.06 degrees
Galactic Longitude250.20 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth0.58 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 5623.51 Light Years
 1724.14 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.89 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1725.73 Light Years
 529.10 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.9.19 ± 0.59 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-6.19 ± 0.67 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.54

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.087
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.741 - 8.858

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature3,913 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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