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12 Sextantis, HD86611, HIP48990, HR3945

12 Sextantis is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Sextans. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

12 Sextantis's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR3945. HIP48990 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD86611.

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 12 Sextantis with it shortened to 12 Sex.

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+04 2276.

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

Location of 12 Sextantis

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 12 Sextantis, the location is 09h 59m 43.12 and +03° 23` 05.1 .

Proper Motion of 12 Sextantis

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 17.04 ± 0.60 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -63.06 ± 1.22 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 -4.00000 km/s with an error of about 7.40 km/s .

12 Sextantis 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 6.39 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 12 Sextantis

12 Sextantis has a spectral type of F0V. This means the star is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,425.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,217.63 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.28 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,322 Kelvin.

12 Sextantis Radius has been calculated as being 1.98 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,374,375.51.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 1.59. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

12 Sextantis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

12 Sextantis has an apparent magnitude of 6.69 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 2.34 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.81. 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 Sextantis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 13.51 which gave the calculated distance to 12 Sextantis as 241.42 light years away from Earth or 74.02 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 241.42 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 16.71 which put 12 Sextantis at a distance of 195.19 light years or 59.84 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 7,425.00 Parsecs or 24,217.63 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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 12 Sextantis
Alternative NamesHD 86611, HIP 48990, HR 3945, 12 Sex, BD+04 2276
Spectral TypeF0V
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue to white
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationSextans
Absolute Magnitude2.34 / 2.81
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.69
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)09h 59m 43.12
Declination (Dec.)+03° 23` 05.1
Galactic Latitude42.64 degrees
Galactic Longitude235.37 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth13.51 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 241.42 Light Years
 74.02 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth16.71 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 195.19 Light Years
 59.84 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,217.63 Light Years / 7,425.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.17.04 ± 0.60 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-63.06 ± 1.22 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.28
Radial Velocity-4.00 ± 7.40 km/s
Eccentricity0.20
Semi-Major Axis9085.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)6.39

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature7,322 Kelvin

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