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13 Andromedae

13 Andromedae Facts

13 Andromedae's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR8913. HIP115755 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD220885.

13 Andromedae has alternative name(s) :- V388 And, V388 And.

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 13 Andromedae with it shortened to 13 And.

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+42 4672.

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

Location of 13 Andromedae

The location of the giant 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 13 Andromedae, the location is 23h 27m 07.33 and +42° 54` 43.1 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 13 Andromedae

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 16.54 ± 0.18 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 87.05 ± 0.30 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 the Sun is -8.10 km/s with an error of about 1.60 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

13 Andromedae 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 42.89 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 13 Andromedae

13 Andromedae has a spectral type of B9III. This means the star is a blue giant star. The star is 7,426.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or in terms of Light Years is 24,220.89 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 9,531 Kelvin.

13 Andromedae Radius has been calculated as being 2.19 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,524,408.52.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 2.23. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

13 Andromedae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

13 Andromedae has an apparent magnitude of 5.75 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 0.97 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.93. 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 13 Andromedae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 11.09 which gave the calculated distance to 13 Andromedae as 294.11 light years away from Earth or 90.17 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 294.11 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 10.87 which put 13 Andromedae at a distance of 300.06 light years or 92.00 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 18,976,229.95 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,426.00 Parsecs or 24,220.89 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of 13 Andromedae

The star is a rotating Alpha2 Canum Venatic variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. 13 Andromedae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.770 to a magnitude of 5.733 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.5 days (variability).

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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Additional 13 Andromedae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional Name13 Andromedae
Alternative NamesV388 And, HD 220885, HIP 115755, HR 8913, 13 And, BD+42 4672, V388 And
Spectral TypeB9III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationAndromeda
Absolute Magnitude 0.97 / 0.93
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.75
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)23h 27m 07.33
Declination (Dec.)+42° 54` 43.1
Galactic Latitude-17.32 degrees
Galactic Longitude106.91 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth11.09 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 294.11 Light Years
 90.17 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth10.87 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 300.06 Light Years
 92.00 Parsecs
 18,976,229.95 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,220.89 Light Years / 7,426.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.16.54 ± 0.18 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.87.05 ± 0.30 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.00
Radial Velocity-8.10 ± 1.60 km/s
Eccentricity0.11
Semi-Major Axis7093.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)42.89

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassRotating
Variable Star TypeAlpha2 Canum Venatic
Mean Variability Period in Days1.480
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.733 - 5.770

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)2.23
Effective Temperature9,531 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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