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120 G. Cen - HD108309 - HIP60729

120 G. Cen is a white to yellow subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. HIP60729 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD108309. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 120. 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 120 G. Cen

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 120 G. Cen, the location is 12h 26m 48.71 and -48d54`46.8 .

Proper Motion of 120 G. Cen

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 -079.65 ± 000.34 towards the north and -642.82 ± 000.44 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 120 G. Cen

120 G. Cen has a spectral type of G5IV-V. This means the star is a white to yellow subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.67 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,656 Kelvin.

120 G. Cen has been calculated as 1.46 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,014,678.79.km.

120 G. Cen Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

120 G. Cen has an apparent magnitude of 6.25 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 4.12 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.12. 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 120 G. Cen

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 37.50 which gave the calculated distance to 120 G. Cen as 86.98 light years away from Earth or 26.67 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 86.98 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 37.58 which put 120 G. Cen at a distance of 86.79 light years or 26.61 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.

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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

120 G. Cen Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional Name120 G. Cen
Hipparcos Library I.D.60729
Gould I.D.120
Henry Draper Designation108309

Visual Facts

Star Typesubgiant star
Absolute Magnitude4.12 / 4.12
Apparent Magnitude6.25
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 26m 48.71
Declination (Dec.)-48d54`46.8
1997 Distance from Earth37.50 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 86.98 Light Years
 26.67 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth37.58 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 86.79 Light Years
 26.61 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-79.65 ± 0.34 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-642.82 ± 0.44 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.67
Spectral TypeG5IV-V
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)1.46
Calculated Effective Temperature5,656 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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