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35 Cygni

35 Cygni Facts

  • 35 Cygni is a supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Cygnus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • 35 Cygni is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (F5Ib) of the star, the star's colour is yellow to white .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 3166.63 light years away from us. Distance

35 Cygni's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR7770. HIP100122 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD193370.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John named the stars in the constellation with a number and its latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 35 Cygni. The Flamsteed name can be shortened to 35 Cyg.

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+34 3967.

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

Location of 35 Cygni

The location of the supergiant 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 35 Cygni, the location is 20h 18m 39.07 and +34° 58` 58.0 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 35 Cygni

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 -3.77 ± 0.16 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -0.05 ± 0.21 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 -20.20000 km/s with an error of about 0.30 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.

Physical Properties of 35 Cygni

35 Cygni Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of F5Ib , 35 Cygni's colour and type is yellow to white supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.66 which means the star's temperature is about 5,739 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

35 Cygni 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 2,322.49 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

35 Cygni Radius

35 Cygni estimated radius has been calculated as being 54.36 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 37,822,713.87.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 86.15452264187428077471973762. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

35 Cygni Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

35 Cygni has an apparent magnitude of 5.14 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 -3.80 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.80. 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 35 Cygni

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.63000 which gave the calculated distance to 35 Cygni as 2001.00 light years away from Earth or 613.50 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 11,763,129,371,740,403.61, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 1.03000 which put 35 Cygni at a distance of 3166.63 light years or 970.87 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 200,254,917.05 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 7,267.00 Parsecs or 23,702.29 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to 35 Cygni

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking4530,898,683,972.57
Car12017,696,622,799.09
Airbus A3807362,885,318,934.63
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2692,767,731,702.82
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.541,383,864,047.79
New Horizons Probe33,00064,351,355.63
Speed of Light670,616,629.003,166.63

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 35 Cygni Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional Name35 Cygni
Alternative NamesHD 193370, HIP 100122, HR 7770, 35 Cyg, BD+34 3967
Spectral TypeF5Ib
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star less luminour Supergiant Star
ColourYellow - White
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCygnus
Absolute Magnitude -3.80 / -4.80
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.14
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)20h 18m 39.07
Declination (Dec.)+34° 58` 58.0
Galactic Latitude-0.53899669 degrees
Galactic Longitude73.40181317 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.63000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2001.00 Light Years
 613.50 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.03000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 3166.63 Light Years
 970.87 Parsecs
 200,254,917.05 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,702.29 Light Years / 7,267.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec. -3.77000 ± 0.16000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-0.05000 ± 0.21000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.66
Radial Velocity-20.20000 ± 0.30 km/s
Eccentricity0.07720
Semi-Major Axis6727.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)2322.4900000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)86.15
Effective Temperature5,739 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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