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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. 13 Sextantis is the brightest star in Sextans based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it. The star has an estimated age of 1.40 Billion of Years but could be as young as 1.20 to 1.50 according to Hipparcos.

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.

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 -93.61 ± 0.30 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -73.46 ± 0.48 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

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

13 Sextantis has a spectral type of F4V. This means the star is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7423.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24211.1050251200000000s. 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 Radius has been calculated as being 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. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.96. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is 0.08 with an error value of 0.05 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 1.40 Billion years old but could be between 1.20 and 1.50 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

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. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 179.21 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 17.85 which put 13 Sextantis at a distance of 182.72 light years or 56.02 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 7,423.00 Parsecs or 24,211.11 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.

13 Sextantis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper Name13 Sextantis
Flamsteed Name13 Sextantis
Flamsteed Short Name13 Sex
Hipparcos Library I.D.49329
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+03 2311
Henry Draper Designation87301

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Age1.40 Billion Years Old
Age Range1.20 - 1.50 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude2.73 / 2.69
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.43
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 04m 08.48
Declination (Dec.)+03d12`04.6
Galactic Latitude43.44 degrees
Galactic Longitude236.44 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth18.20 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 179.21 Light Years
 54.95 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth17.85 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 182.72 Light Years
 56.02 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,211.11 Light Years / 7,423.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-93.61 ± 0.30 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-73.46 ± 0.48 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.39
Radial Velocity0.00 ± 3.70 km/s
Iron Abundance0.08 ± 0.05 Fe/H
Spectral TypeF4V
Colour(F) blue to white

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature6,775 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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