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41 Comae Berenices

41 Comae Berenices Facts

41 Comae Berenices's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR4954. HIP64022 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD113996.

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 41 Comae Berenices. The Flamsteed name can be shortened to 41 Com.

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+28 2185.

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

Location of 41 Comae Berenices

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 41 Comae Berenices, the location is 13h 07m 10.71 and +27° 37` 29.7 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 41 Comae Berenices

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 -69.18 ± 0.17 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 33.68 ± 0.22 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 -15.72 km/s with an error of about 0.01 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.

41 Comae Berenices 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 291.00 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 41 Comae Berenices

41 Comae Berenices Colour and Temperature

41 Comae Berenices has a spectral type of K5III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.48 which means the star's temperature is about 4,025 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being .

41 Comae Berenices Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 19.56 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 13,609,947.61.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 21.45. 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 -0.09 with an error value of 0.04 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

41 Comae Berenices Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

41 Comae Berenices has an apparent magnitude of 4.80 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 -0.04 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.24. 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 41 Comae Berenices

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 10.75 which gave the calculated distance to 41 Comae Berenices as 303.41 light years away from Earth or 93.02 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 203,471,791,405.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 9.84 which put 41 Comae Berenices at a distance of 331.47 light years or 101.63 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 20,962,546.19 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 7,396.00 Parsecs or 24,123.04 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 41 Comae Berenices

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)
Walking455,572,323,503.66
Car1201,852,410,783.46
Airbus A380736302,023,497.30
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269289,714,942.24
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54144,857,282.32
New Horizons Probe33,0006,736,039.21
Speed of Light670,616,629.00331.47

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 41 Comae Berenices Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional Name41 Comae Berenices
Alternative NamesHD 113996, HIP 64022, HR 4954, 41 Com, BD+28 2185
Spectral TypeK5III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationComa Berenices
Absolute Magnitude -0.04 / -0.24
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.80
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 07m 10.71
Declination (Dec.)+27° 37` 29.7
Galactic Latitude86.47 degrees
Galactic Longitude41.92 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth10.75 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
  303.41 Light Years
 93.02 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth9.84 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 331.47 Light Years
 101.63 Parsecs
 20,962,546.19 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,123.04 Light Years / 7,396.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-69.18 ± 0.17 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.33.68 ± 0.22 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.48
Radial Velocity-15.72 ± 0.01 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.09 ± 0.04 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.22
Semi-Major Axis7291.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)291.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet Count1

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)21.45
Effective Temperature4,025 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting 41 Comae Berenices


NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
HD 113996 bConfirmed1.0610.2000.2820171.692.060

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