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12 Sextantis, HD86611, HIP48990, HR3945

12 Sextantis is a blue to white star that can be located in the constellation of Sextans. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

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.

Location of 12 Sextantis

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 Sextantis, the location is 09h 59m 43.12 and +03d 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 5.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

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

12 Sextantis has a spectral type of F0V. This means the star is a blue to white star. The star is 7425.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24217.6282920000000000s. 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. 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.

12 Sextantis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper Name12 Sextantis
Flamsteed Name12 Sextantis
Flamsteed Short Name12 Sex
Hipparcos Library I.D.48990
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id3945
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+04 2276
Henry Draper Designation86611

Visual Facts

Star Type star
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.)+03d 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 Revised 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
Spectral TypeF0V
Colour(F) blue to white

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)5.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature7,322 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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