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15 Sagittarii, HD167264, HIP89439, HR6822

15 Sagittarii is a blue supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Sagittarius. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

15 Sagittarii's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6822. HIP89439 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD167264.

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 15 Sagittarii with it shortened to 15 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 43 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-20 5054.

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

Location of 15 Sagittarii

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 15 Sagittarii, the location is 18h 15m 12.91 and -20° 43` 41.8 .

Proper Motion of 15 Sagittarii

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 -1.51 ± 0.33 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 1.60 ± 0.45 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 us is -6.30000 km/s with an error of about 2.80 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of 15 Sagittarii

15 Sagittarii has a spectral type of B0/1Ia/ab. This means the star is a blue supergiant star. 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 10,293 Kelvin. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

15 Sagittarii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

15 Sagittarii has an apparent magnitude of 5.29 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -9.71. 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 15 Sagittarii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.33 which gave the calculated distance to 15 Sagittarii as -9883.74 light years away from Earth or -3030.30 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -9883.74 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 0.10 which put 15 Sagittarii at a distance of 32616.33 light years or 10000 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. 15 Sagittarii brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.366 to a magnitude of 5.332 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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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15 Sagittarii Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 167264, HIP 89439, HR 6822, 43 G. Sagittarii, 15 Sgr, BD-20 5054
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.29
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 15m 12.91
Declination (Dec.)-20° 43` 41.8
Galactic Latitude-1.74 degrees
Galactic Longitude10.46 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-0.33 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -9883.74 Light Years
 -3030.30 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth0.10 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 32616.33 Light Years
 10000 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-1.51 ± 0.33 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1.60 ± 0.45 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.00
Radial Velocity-6.30 ± 2.80 km/s
Spectral TypeB0/1Ia/ab
Colour (B) blue

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.037
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.332 - 5.366

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature10,293 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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