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10 G. Ser Cap, HD136442, HIP75101

10 G. Ser Cap is a orange to red main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Serpens. 10 G. Ser Cap is the brightest star in Serpens 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.

HIP75101 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD136442. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 10 Cap. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major.

Location of 10 G. Ser Cap

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 10 G. Ser Cap, the location is 15h 20m 47.17 and -02d24`46.5 .

Proper Motion of 10 G. Ser Cap

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 -172.22 ± 0.37 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -259.15 ± 0.54 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 10 G. Ser Cap

10 G. Ser Cap has a spectral type of K0V. This means the star is a orange to red main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7375.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24054.5466200000000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.06 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,736 Kelvin.

10 G. Ser Cap Radius has been calculated as being 2.77 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,925,440.41.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.62. 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 0.36 with an error value of 0.03 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

10 G. Ser Cap Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

10 G. Ser Cap has an apparent magnitude of 6.34 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 3.50 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 3.62. 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 10 G. Ser Cap

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 27.08 which gave the calculated distance to 10 G. Ser Cap as 120.44 light years away from Earth or 36.93 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 120.44 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 28.53 which put 10 G. Ser Cap at a distance of 114.32 light years or 35.05 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 7,375.00 Parsecs or 24,054.55 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.

10 G. Ser Cap Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper Name10 G. Ser Cap
Hipparcos Library I.D.75101
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-01 3047
Gould I.D.10 Cap
Henry Draper Designation136442

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Absolute Magnitude3.50 / 3.62
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.34
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 20m 47.17
Declination (Dec.)-02d24`46.5
Galactic Latitude43.46 degrees
Galactic Longitude359.52 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth27.08 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 120.44 Light Years
 36.93 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth28.53 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 114.32 Light Years
 35.05 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,054.55 Light Years / 7,375.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-172.22 ± 0.37 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-259.15 ± 0.54 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.06
Radial Velocity-46.90 ± 0.09 km/s
Iron Abundance0.36 ± 0.03 Fe/H
Spectral TypeK0V
Colour(K) Orange to Red

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature4,736 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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