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34 Sextantis, HD92749, HIP52401

34 Sextantis is a blue to white star that can be located in the constellation of Sextans. 34 Sextantis is the brightest star in Sextans based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it. The star has an estimated age of 1.90 Billion of Years but could be as young as 1.80 to 2.00 according to Hipparcos.

HIP52401 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD92749.

Location of 34 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 34 Sextantis, the location is 10h 42m 37.53 and +03d34`58.9 .

Proper Motion of 34 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 36.67 ± 0.55 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -75.29 ± 0.83 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Age, Radius) of 34 Sextantis

34 Sextantis has a spectral type of F5. This means the star is a blue to white star. The star is 7419.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24198.0584913600000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.5 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,114 Kelvin.

34 Sextantis Radius has been calculated as being 2.90 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,017,039.85.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.89. 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 9.99 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 1.90 Billion years old but could be between 1.80 and 2.00 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

34 Sextantis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

34 Sextantis has an apparent magnitude of 6.57 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 2.29 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.30. 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 34 Sextantis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 13.95 which gave the calculated distance to 34 Sextantis as 233.81 light years away from Earth or 71.68 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 233.81 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 14.01 which put 34 Sextantis at a distance of 232.81 light years or 71.38 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 7,419.00 Parsecs or 24,198.06 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.

34 Sextantis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper Name34 Sextantis
Flamsteed Name34 Sextantis
Flamsteed Short Name34 Sex
Hipparcos Library I.D.52401
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+04 2375
Henry Draper Designation92749

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Age1.90 Billion Years Old
Age Range1.80 - 2.00 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude2.29 / 2.30
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.57
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 42m 37.53
Declination (Dec.)+03d34`58.9
Galactic Latitude51.27 degrees
Galactic Longitude244.71 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth13.95 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 233.81 Light Years
 71.68 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth14.01 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 232.81 Light Years
 71.38 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,198.06 Light Years / 7,419.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.36.67 ± 0.55 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-75.29 ± 0.83 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.50
Radial Velocity17.70 ± 1.30 km/s
Iron Abundance0.08 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeF5
Colour(F) blue to white

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature6,114 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.


Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
92749+04 2375.0A6.70000-89.0000023.00000F5Yellow/White
B8.800001957

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