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41 Draconis

41 Draconis Facts

  • 41 Draconis is a main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Draco. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • 41 Draconis is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (K2Vvar) of the star, the star's colour is orange to red .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • The star has an estimated age of 3.40 Billion of Years but could be as young as 3.00 to 4.60 according to Hipparcos.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 207.22 light years away from us. Distance

41 Draconis's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6810. HIP88136 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD166866.

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 Draconis. The Flamsteed name can be shortened to 41 Dra.

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+79 571.

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

Location of 41 Draconis

The location of the main sequence 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 Draconis, the location is 18h 00m 09.07 and +80° 00` 13.7 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 41 Draconis

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 127.70 ± 3.48 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 41.35 ± 3.52 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 5.84000 km/s with an error of about 0.05 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 41 Draconis

41 Draconis Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of K2Vvar , 41 Draconis's colour and type is orange to red main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.51 which means the star's temperature is about 6,243 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

41 Draconis 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 11.39 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

41 Draconis Radius

41 Draconis estimated radius has been calculated as being 3.01 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,092,089.92.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 3.5983197424039719063489297417. 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.

41 Draconis Iron Abundance

41 Draconis Iron Abundance is -0.09 with an error value of 0.08 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context. The value comes from the Hipparcos Extended Catalog.

41 Draconis Estimated Age

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 3.40 Billion years old but could be between 3.00 and 4.60 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

41 Draconis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

41 Draconis has an apparent magnitude of 5.74 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 2.12 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.73. 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 Draconis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 18.84000 which gave the calculated distance to 41 Draconis as 173.12 light years away from Earth or 53.08 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 1,017,707,624,605,546.56, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 15.74000 which put 41 Draconis at a distance of 207.22 light years or 63.53 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 13,103,911.83 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 7,417.00 Parsecs or 24,191.54 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 Draconis

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)
Airbus A380736188,811,382.96
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269181,116,632.97
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5490,558,198.46
New Horizons Probe33,0004,211,066.00
Speed of Light670,616,629.00207.22

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 Draconis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional Name41 Draconis
Alternative NamesHD 166866, HIP 88136, HR 6810, 41 Dra, BD+79 571
Spectral TypeK2Vvar
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Age3.40 Billion Years Old
Age Range3.00 - 4.60 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude 2.12 / 1.73
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.74
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 00m 09.07
Declination (Dec.)+80° 00` 13.7
Galactic Latitude28.90409624 degrees
Galactic Longitude111.78421220 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth18.84000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 173.12 Light Years
 53.08 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth15.74000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 207.22 Light Years
  63.53 Parsecs
 13,103,911.83 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,191.54 Light Years / 7,417.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.127.70000 ± 3.48000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.41.35000 ± 3.52000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.51
Radial Velocity5.84000 ± 0.05 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.0900 ± 0.08 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis8662.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)11.3900000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)3.60
Effective Temperature6,243 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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