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Zubeneschamali, Beta Librae, 27 Librae, HD135742, HIP74785, HR5685

Zubeneschamali Location in Libra

Primary Facts on Zubeneschamali

  • Zubeneschamali's star type is main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Libra. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Zubeneschamali is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (B8V) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • Beta Librae is the Bayer name for the star. It was assigned this name by Johann Bayer in 1603. The closer to the start of the Greek Alphabet the name, the brighter the star is. Alpha stars tend to be the brightest in the constellation. A notable exception is Pollux (Beta Geminorum) which is the brighest star in the Gemini constellation.
  • Zubeneschamali is the 1st brightest star in Libra based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 185.11 light years away from us.

Information on Zubeneschamali

Zubeneschamali is a star that creates a lot of discussion. There are a number of people who state this star is green and not any of the uniform star colours such as Blue, Yellow or White. Those who disagree about the colour say it is an optical illusion caused by the its environment. It is not the only star that is believed to be green, the companion star of Antares is also believed to be green but Zubenschamali is the brightest star that is possibly green.

The question over its colour maybe answered when the James Webb telescope goes into operation and takes a close look at the star. Failing that we`ll either have to visit it or wait for another advanced telescope to put up into space to take a look at the star.

Zubeneschamali's Alternative Names

Beta Librae (Bet Lib) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR5685. HIP74785 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD135742.

Zubeneschamali has alternative name(s) :- Lanx Australis. In Arabic, it is known as Az-Zuban ash-Shamali.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 27 Librae with it shortened to 27 Lib.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD-08 3935.

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

Location of Zubeneschamali

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 Zubeneschamali, the location is 15h 17m 00.47 and -09° 22` 58.3 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Zubeneschamali

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 -19.65 ± 0.10 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -98.10 ± 0.16 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 -35.60 km/s with an error of about 1.80 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.

Zubeneschamali 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 390.03 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Zubeneschamali

Zubeneschamali has a spectral type of B8V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,357.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or in terms of Light Years is 23,995.84 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.07 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 10,845 Kelvin.

Zubeneschamali Radius has been calculated as being 3.89 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,709,798.29.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 4.51. 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 0.33 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Zubeneschamali Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Zubeneschamali has an apparent magnitude of 2.61 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 -0.84 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.16. 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 Zubeneschamali

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 20.38 which gave the calculated distance to Zubeneschamali as 160.04 light years away from Earth or 49.07 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 160.04 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 17.62 which put Zubeneschamali at a distance of 185.11 light years or 56.75 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 11,705,446.19 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 7,357.00 Parsecs or 23,995.84 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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Additional Zubeneschamali Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameZubeneschamali
Alternative NamesBeta Librae, Bet Lib, Lanx Australis, Az-Zuban ash-Shamali, HD 135742, HIP 74785, HR 5685, 27 Librae, 27 Lib, BD-08 3935
Spectral TypeB8V
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -0.84 / -1.16
Visual / Apparent Magnitude2.61
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 17m 00.47
Declination (Dec.)-09° 22` 58.3
Galactic Latitude39.23 degrees
Galactic Longitude352.02 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth20.38 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 160.04 Light Years
 49.07 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth17.62 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 185.11 Light Years
 56.75 Parsecs
 11,705,446.19 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,995.84 Light Years / 7,357.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-19.65 ± 0.10 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-98.10 ± 0.16 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.07
Radial Velocity-35.60 ± 1.80 km/s
Iron Abundance0.33 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7162.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)390.03

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature10,845 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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