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11 Arietis, HD12885, HIP9859, HR615

11 Arietis is a blue subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Aries. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

11 Arietis's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR615. HIP9859 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD12885.

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 11 Arietis with it shortened to 11 Ari.

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+25 349.

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

Location of 11 Arietis

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 11 Arietis, the location is 02h 06m 49.22 and +25° 42` 16.5 .

Proper Motion of 11 Arietis

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 -14.31 ± 0.21 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 19.46 ± 0.38 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 -13.80000 km/s with an error of about 2.70 km/s .

11 Arietis 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 299.85 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 11 Arietis

11 Arietis has a spectral type of B9IV-Vn. This means the star is a blue subgiant star. The star is 7,579.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,719.92 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.03 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 10,010 Kelvin.

11 Arietis Radius has been calculated as being 6.95 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,836,563.08.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 5.25. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

11 Arietis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

11 Arietis has an apparent magnitude of 6.01 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 -1.75 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.14. 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 11 Arietis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.81 which gave the calculated distance to 11 Arietis as 1160.72 light years away from Earth or 355.87 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1160.72 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 3.72 which put 11 Arietis at a distance of 876.78 light years or 268.82 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 7,579.00 Parsecs or 24,719.92 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional Name11 Arietis
Alternative NamesHD 12885, HIP 9859, HR 615, 11 Ari, BD+25 349
Spectral TypeB9IV-Vn
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeSubgiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationAries
Absolute Magnitude-1.75 / -1.14
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.01
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)02h 06m 49.22
Declination (Dec.)+25° 42` 16.5
Galactic Latitude-34.14 degrees
Galactic Longitude143.52 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.81 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1160.72 Light Years
 355.87 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.72 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 876.78 Light Years
 268.82 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,719.92 Light Years / 7,579.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-14.31 ± 0.21 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.19.46 ± 0.38 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.03
Radial Velocity-13.80 ± 2.70 km/s
Eccentricity0.15
Semi-Major Axis6554.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)299.85

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature10,010 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.


Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
12885+25 349.0A6.0000028.0000010.00000B8Blue/White
B11.500001943

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