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47 Ophiuchi, HD157968, HIP85397

47 Ophiuchi is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Serpens. 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 2.30 Billion of Years but could be as young as 2.10 to 2.50 according to Hipparcos.

47 Ophiuchi's Alternative Names

HIP85397 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD157968.

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 5 Cau G. Serpentis. 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-12 4750.

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

Location of 47 Ophiuchi

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 47 Ophiuchi, the location is 17h 27m 02.12 and -12° 30` 44.4 .

Proper Motion of 47 Ophiuchi

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 -63.63 ± 0.26 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 42.35 ± 0.43 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 -35.40000 km/s with an error of about 0.73 km/s .

47 Ophiuchi 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 5.5700000 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, Age) of 47 Ophiuchi

47 Ophiuchi has a spectral type of F7V. This means the star is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7358.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23999.0988515200000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.51 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,243 Kelvin.

47 Ophiuchi Radius has been calculated as being 2.08 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,447,346.43.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.00. 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 0.13 with an error value of 0.02 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 2.30 Billion years old but could be between 2.10 and 2.50 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

47 Ophiuchi Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

47 Ophiuchi has an apparent magnitude of 6.20 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 2.92 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 3.01. 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 47 Ophiuchi

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 22.08 which gave the calculated distance to 47 Ophiuchi as 147.72 light years away from Earth or 45.29 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 147.72 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 22.99 which put 47 Ophiuchi at a distance of 141.87 light years or 43.50 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 7,358.00 Parsecs or 23,999.10 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.

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47 Ophiuchi Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 157968, HIP 85397, 5 Cau G. Serpentis, BD-12 4750
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Age2.30 Billion Years Old
Age Range2.10 - 2.50 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude2.92 / 3.01
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.20
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 27m 02.12
Declination (Dec.)-12° 30` 44.4
Galactic Latitude12.36 degrees
Galactic Longitude11.74 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth22.08 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 147.72 Light Years
 45.29 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth22.99 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 141.87 Light Years
 43.50 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,999.10 Light Years / 7,358.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-63.63 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.42.35 ± 0.43 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.51
Radial Velocity-35.40 ± 0.73 km/s
Iron Abundance0.13 ± 0.02 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7494.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)5.57
Spectral TypeF7V
Colour(F) blue to white

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature6,243 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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