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12 Bootis - HD123999 - HIP69226

12 Bootis is a blue to white subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Bootes. HIP69226 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD123999. 12 Bootis has alternative name(s), 12 Bootis , 12 Boo.

Location of 12 Bootis

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 12 Bootis, the location is 14h 10m 23.95 and +25 d 05 ` 30.6 .

Proper Motion of 12 Bootis

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 -060.00 ± 000.00 towards the north and -023.00 ± 000.00 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 12 Bootis

12 Bootis has a spectral type of F9IVw. This means the star is a blue to white coloured subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.54 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,122 Kelvin.

12 Bootis has been calculated as 3.34 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,320,500.90.km.

12 Bootis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

12 Bootis has an apparent magnitude of 4.82 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 1.98 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.98. 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 12 Bootis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 27.00 which gave the calculated distance to 12 Bootis as 120.80 light years away from Earth or 37.04 parsecs. In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 27.00 which put 12 Bootis at a distance of 120.80 light years or 37.04 parsecs.

It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 120.80 years using the 1997 distance to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

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.

12 Bootis Facts


Traditional Name12 Bootis
Short Name12 Boo
Alternative Name(s)12 Bootis
Hipparcos Library I.D.69226
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+25 2737
Henry Draper Designation123999
Celestial TypeStar
Absolute Magnitude1.98 / 1.98
Apparent Magnitude4.82
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 10m 23.95
Declination (Dec.)+25 d 05 ` 30.6
1997 Distance from Earth27.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 120.80 Light Years
 37.04 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth27.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 120.80 Light Years
 37.04 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-60.00 ± 0.00 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-23.00 ± 0.00 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.54
Spectral TypeF9IVw
Colour(F) blue to white
Star Typesubgiant star
Radius (x the Sun)3.34
Calculated Effective Temperature6,122 Kelvin


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