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Xi1 Lupi, HD142629, HIP78105, HR5925

Xi1 Lupi is a blue main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Lupus. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Xi1 Lupi's Alternative Names

Xi1 Lupi is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR5925. HIP78105 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD142629.

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

Location of Xi1 Lupi

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 Xi1 Lupi, the location is 15h 56m 53.48 and -33° 57` 57.7 .

Proper Motion of Xi1 Lupi

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 -37.85 ± 1.64 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 23.27 ± 3.48 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 us is -10.00000 km/s with an error of about 4.20 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Xi1 Lupi

Xi1 Lupi has a spectral type of A3V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7345.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23956.6976168000000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.12 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 8,298 Kelvin.

Xi1 Lupi Radius has been calculated as being 2.59 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,800,649.11.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.80. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Xi1 Lupi Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Xi1 Lupi has an apparent magnitude of 5.14 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 1.21 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.00. 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 Xi1 Lupi

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 16.35 which gave the calculated distance to Xi1 Lupi as 199.49 light years away from Earth or 61.16 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 199.49 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 23.60 which put Xi1 Lupi at a distance of 138.20 light years or 42.37 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,345.00 Parsecs or 23,956.70 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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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Xi1 Lupi Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 142629, HIP 78105, HR 5925
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude1.21 / 2.00
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.14
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 56m 53.48
Declination (Dec.)-33° 57` 57.7
Galactic Latitude14.75 degrees
Galactic Longitude341.30 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth16.35 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 199.49 Light Years
 61.16 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth23.60 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 138.20 Light Years
 42.37 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,956.70 Light Years / 7,345.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-37.85 ± 1.64 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.23.27 ± 3.48 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.12
Radial Velocity-10.00 ± 4.20 km/s
Semi-Major Axis8275.00
Spectral TypeA3V
Associated / Clustered StarsXi2 Lupi
Colour(A) blue

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature8,298 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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