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13 Sextantis - HD87301 - HIP49329

13 Sextantis is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Sextans. HIP49329 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD87301. 13 Sextantis has alternative name(s), 13 Sextantis , 13 Sex.

Location of 13 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 13 Sextantis, the location is 10h 04m 08.48 and +03d12`04.6 .

Proper Motion of 13 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 -093.61 ± 000.30 towards the north and -073.46 ± 000.48 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 13 Sextantis

13 Sextantis has a spectral type of F4V. This means the star is a blue to white coloured main sequence dwarf star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.39 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,775 Kelvin.

13 Sextantis has been calculated as 1.93 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,341,350.97.km.

13 Sextantis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

13 Sextantis has an apparent magnitude of 6.43 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 2.73 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.69. 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 Sextantis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 18.20 which gave the calculated distance to 13 Sextantis as 179.21 light years away from Earth or 54.95 parsecs. In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 17.85 which put 13 Sextantis at a distance of 182.72 light years or 56.02 parsecs.

It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 179.21 years using the 1997 distance to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

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.

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13 Sextantis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional Name13 Sextantis
Short Name13 Sex
Alternative Name(s)13 Sextantis
Hipparcos Library I.D.49329
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+03 2311
Henry Draper Designation87301

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Absolute Magnitude2.73 / 2.69
Apparent Magnitude6.43
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 04m 08.48
Declination (Dec.)+03d12`04.6
1997 Distance from Earth18.20 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 179.21 Light Years
 54.95 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth17.85 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 182.72 Light Years
 56.02 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-93.61 ± 0.30 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-73.46 ± 0.48 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.39
Spectral TypeF4V
Colour(F) blue to white

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)1.93
Calculated Effective Temperature6,775 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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