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14 Sagittarii

14 Sagittarii Facts

14 Sagittarii's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6816. HIP89369 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD167036.

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 14 Sagittarii with it shortened to 14 Sgr.

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 42 G. Sagittarii. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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-21 4916.

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

Location of 14 Sagittarii

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 14 Sagittarii, the location is 18h 14m 15.91 and -21° 42` 47.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 14 Sagittarii

Proper Motion

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 -23.49 ± 0.23 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -16.27 ± 0.41 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is -58.90 km/s with an error of about 2.80 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.

14 Sagittarii 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 317.37 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 14 Sagittarii

14 Sagittarii Colour and Temperature

14 Sagittarii has a spectral type of K2III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.52 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,952 Kelvin.

14 Sagittarii Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 24.62 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 17,130,043.84.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 22.04. 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 -0.17 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

14 Sagittarii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

14 Sagittarii has an apparent magnitude of 5.49 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 -0.46 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.22. 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 14 Sagittarii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.45 which gave the calculated distance to 14 Sagittarii as 505.68 light years away from Earth or 155.04 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 2,663,017,294,052,170.80.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 7.20 which put 14 Sagittarii at a distance of 453.00 light years or 138.89 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 28,647,919.32 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 7,264.00 Parsecs or 23,692.51 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Time to Travel to 14 Sagittarii

A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

If you were to drive there at about 120 m.p.h. in a car with an infinity engine so you didn't have to pull over for petrol, it would take you 24,772,527,322,595.69 hours or 2,827,914,077.92 years.

At the time of writing, the fastest probe so far created is the New Horizon probe which is travelling at a speed of 33,000 m.p.h. If the probe was travelling to 14 Sagittarii then it would take 90,081,917,536.71 hours / 10,283,323.92 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, 505.68 years 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 Metallicity and/or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

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Additional 14 Sagittarii Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional Name14 Sagittarii
Alternative NamesHD 167036, HIP 89369, HR 6816, 42 G. Sagittarii, 14 Sgr, BD-21 4916
Spectral TypeK2III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -0.46 / -0.22
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.49
Naked Eye Visible Yes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 14m 15.91
Declination (Dec.)-21° 42` 47.2
Galactic Latitude-2.02 degrees
Galactic Longitude9.48 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.45 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 505.68 Light Years
 155.04 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth7.20 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 453.00 Light Years
 138.89 Parsecs
 28,647,919.32 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,692.51 Light Years / 7,264.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-23.49 ± 0.23 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-16.27 ± 0.41 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.52
Radial Velocity-58.90 ± 2.80 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.17 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis6431.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)317.37

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)22.04
Effective Temperature3,952 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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