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12 G. Virginis - HD102928 - HIP57791

12 G. Virginis is an orange to red subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Virgo. HIP57791 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD102928. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 12. 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 12 G. Virginis

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 from celestial equator. The Declination is how up or down compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 12 G. Virginis, the location is 11h 51m 02.23 and -05 d 20`00.0 .

Proper Motion of 12 G. Virginis

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 001.00 ± 000.00 towards the north and 000.00 ± 001.00 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 12 G. Virginis

12 G. Virginis has a spectral type of K0IV. This means the star is an orange to red coloured subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.05 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,755 Kelvin.

12 G. Virginis has been calculated as 7.95 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 5,534,458.11.km.

12 G. Virginis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

12 G. Virginis has an apparent magnitude of 5.62 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 1.19 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.83. 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 G. Virginis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 13.00 which gave the calculated distance to 12 G. Virginis as 250.89 light years away from us or 76.92 parsecs. In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 11.00 which put 12 G. Virginis at a distance of 296.51 light years or 90.91 parsecs.

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 G. Virginis Facts


Traditional Name12 G. Virginis
Hipparcos Library I.D.57791
Gould I.D.12
Henry Draper Designation102928
Celestial TypeStar
Absolute Magnitude1.19 / 0.83
Apparent Magnitude5.62
Right Ascension (R.A.)11h 51m 02.23
Declination (Dec.)-05 d 20`00.0
1997 Distance13.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 250.89 Light Years
 76.92 Parsecs
2007 Distance11.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 296.51 Light Years
 90.91 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.1.00 ± 0.00 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.0.00 ± 1.00 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.05
Spectral TypeK0IV
Colour(K) Orange to Red
Star Typesubgiant star
Radius (x the Sun)7.95
Calculated Effective Temperature4,755 Kelvin


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