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Delta Pavonis

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The cube shown here is 16 parsecs on a side. Included is a stellar "who's who" of the nearby Southern skies, but also included are Sol, Sirius and Procyon.

Scale = 16 parsecs.
Delta Pavonis is highlighted by the green "focus" marker.
Our own sun is located at the white diamond.
3D scene from "Stars in the NeighborHood" software.

Moving in closer, at the 8 parsec scale, we turn on the red dwarfs that huddle close to Delta Pavonis. Among this star's neighbors is Gamma Pavonis, not quite as ancient as Delta, but far more aged than Sol at 6 GY (giga years). Disappointing though, is the fact that Gamma is extremely metal poor (FeH= -0.6). In the realm of science fiction, Dune, by Frank Herbert was located partly in the Delta Pavonis system (planet Caladan, House Atreides), as well as the 36 Ophiuchi system (Giedi Prime, House Harkonnen).

The next 3D view (below the following table) zooms in even farther to the 4-parsec scale.

Scale = 8 parsecs
3D scene from "Stars in the NeighborHood" software.

Next-Door Neighbors: Delta Pavonis
The following table is a list of Delta Pavonis's next-door neighbors. After the star's name, the distance from Delta Pavonis is given in parsecs. This is followed by the distance from Sol (our sun), the Spectral Type, Visual Magnitude, and number of stars in the system. The Spectral Type and Visual Magnitude are given for the primary star, if there are more than one in the system. The magnitudes given are those of the stars as seen from Delta Pavonis.

Name Distance To Sol SpType VMag Stars
GL 693 1.94 pc 6.04 M3.5 V 8.23 1
MSDB 3827 1.95 6.8 M5 V 8.69 1
HD 204961 2.1 4.65 M1 V 6.94 1
GL 754 2.14 5.69 M4.5 V 10.07 1
HD 191849 2.19 6.1 M0 V 5.47 1
Beta Hydri 2.37 6.44 G2 IV 0.63 1
GL 674 2.76 4.55 M3 V 8.28 1
GL 682 2.86 4.73 M3.5 V 9.81 1
HD 191408 2.95 5.65 K3 V 3.91 2
Gamma Pavonis 3.11 8.66 F8 V 1.99 1
HD 156274 3.84 7.58 G8 V 4.05 2
GL 440 3.93 4.58 A7 VII 11.17 1
p Eridani 4.15 6.72 K2 V 4.75 2
Zeta Tucanae 4.22 8.64 F9 V 2.67 1
36 Ophiuchi 4.48 5.33 K0 V 4.70 3
Alpha Centauri 4.66 1.34 G2 V 2.71 3
Mu Arae (2 planets) 4.98 9.71 G5 V 3.69 1

Closer still, at the 4 parsec scale, we see the next-door neighbors. All of the stars huddled close to Delta Pavonis are dim red dwarfs. Even HD 191408, at 2.95 parsecs distance is only a K3 V star with M3.5 V companion.

To see what some of those night skies look like, click here.

Scale = 4 parsecs (turning on the red dwarfs)
3D scene from
"Stars in the NeighborHood" software.