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13 Bootis - HD123782 - HIP69068

13 Bootis is a red pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Bootes. HIP69068 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD123782. 13 Bootis has alternative name(s), 13 Bootis , CF_Boo, 13 Boo.

Location of 13 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 13 Bootis, the location is 14h 08m 17.36 and +49 d 27 ` 28.9 .

Proper Motion of 13 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 -060.00 ± 000.00 east if we saw them in the horizon.

13 Bootis 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 11.0000000 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 13 Bootis

13 Bootis has a spectral type of M2III. This means the star is a red coloured giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.63 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,700 Kelvin.

13 Bootis has been calculated as 33.61 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 23,387,980.71.km.

13 Bootis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

13 Bootis has an apparent magnitude of 5.26 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 -0.85 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.85. 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 Bootis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.00 which gave the calculated distance to 13 Bootis as 543.61 light years away from Earth or 166.67 parsecs. In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 6.00 which put 13 Bootis at a distance of 543.61 light years or 166.67 parsecs.

It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 543.61 years using the 1997 distance to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of 13 Bootis

The star is a pulsating Slow Irregular 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 Bootis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.000 to a magnitude of 5.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star.

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.

13 Bootis Facts


Traditional Name13 Bootis
Short NameCF Boo, 13 Boo
Alternative Name(s)13 Bootis
Hipparcos Library I.D.69068
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+50 2047
Henry Draper Designation123782
Celestial TypeStar
Absolute Magnitude-0.85 / -0.85
Apparent Magnitude5.26
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 08m 17.36
Declination (Dec.)+49 d 27 ` 28.9
1997 Distance from Earth6.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 543.61 Light Years
 166.67 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth6.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 543.61 Light Years
 166.67 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.60.00 ± 0.00 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-60.00 ± 0.00 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.63
Spectral TypeM2III
Colour(M) Red
Star Typegiant star
Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSlow Irregular
Radius (x the Sun)33.61
Luminosity (x the Sun)11.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature3,700 Kelvin


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