The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR3521. HIP43575 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD75716.
53 Cancri has alternative name(s) :- , BO Cnc.
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 53 Cancri. The Flamsteed name can be shortened to 53 Cnc.
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 1659.
More details on objects' alternative names can be found at Star Names .
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 53 Cancri, the location is 08h 52m 28.60 and +28° 15` 33.0 .
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 -7.41 ± 0.59 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -16.86 ± 0.75 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.
The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 13.82000 km/s with an error of about 0.29 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.
Based on the star's spectral type of M3III , 53 Cancri's colour and type is red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.55 which means the star's temperature is about 3,892 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.
53 Cancri estimated radius has been calculated as being 31.37 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 21,829,872.50.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. 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.
53 Cancri has an apparent magnitude of 6.25 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.92 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.68000 which gave the calculated distance to 53 Cancri as 886.31 light years away from Earth or 271.74 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 5,210,284,454,506,365.38, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.
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.
|Description||Speed (m.p.h.)||Time (years)|
|Speed of Sound (Mach 1)||767.269||774,662,112.57|
|Concorde (Mach 2)||1,534.54||387,330,551.47|
|New Horizons Probe||33,000||18,011,340.13|
|Speed of Light||670,616,629.00||886.31|
The star is a pulsating Slow Irregular proba variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. 53 Cancri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.321 to a magnitude of 6.224 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 days (variability).
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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||53 Cancri|
|Alternative Names||HD 75716, HIP 43575, HR 3521, 53 Cnc, BD+28 1659, BO Cnc|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||Yes|
|Star Type||Giant Star|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||6.25|
|Naked Eye Visible||Yes - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||08h 52m 28.60|
|Declination (Dec.)||+28° 15` 33.0|
|Galactic Latitude||37.65611223 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||196.87457838 degrees|
|Distance from Earth||3.68000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|886.31 Light Years|
|56,050,007.89 Astronomical Units|
|Proper Motion Dec.||-7.41000 ± 0.59000 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||-16.86000 ± 0.75000 milliarcseconds/year|
|Radial Velocity||13.82000 ± 0.29 km/s|
|Variable Star Class||Pulsating|
|Variable Star Type||Slow Irregular proba|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||0.074|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||6.224 - 6.321|
|Radius (x the Sun)||31.37|
|Effective Temperature||3,892 Kelvin|
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. Id||B.D. Id||Star Code||Magnitude||R.A.||Dec.||Spectrum||Colour||Year|
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