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54 Hydrae

54 Hydrae Facts

  • 54 Hydrae is a main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Hydra. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • 54 Hydrae is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (F0V + G/K) 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 98.78 light years away from us. Distance

54 Hydrae's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR5497. HIP72197 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD129926. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 561.1A. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Star Names

54 Hydrae has alternative name(s) :- M Hydrae, M Hya.

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 54 Hydrae. The Flamsteed name can be shortened to 54 Hya.

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 382 G. Hydrae. 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 CD-24 11661.

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

Location of 54 Hydrae

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 54 Hydrae, the location is 14h 46m 00.18 and -25° 26` 34.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 54 Hydrae

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 -107.28 ± 0.48 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -151.50 ± 0.92 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 -17.20000 km/s with an error of about 2.30 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 54 Hydrae

54 Hydrae Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of F0V + G/K , 54 Hydrae's colour and type is yellow to white main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.31 which means the star's temperature is about 7,167 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

54 Hydrae 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 6.61 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

54 Hydrae Radius

54 Hydrae estimated radius has been calculated as being 1.72 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,198,632.97.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 1.7147534954821836756301355140. 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.

54 Hydrae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

54 Hydrae has an apparent magnitude of 5.15 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 2.73 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.74. 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 54 Hydrae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 32.86000 which gave the calculated distance to 54 Hydrae as 99.26 light years away from Earth or 30.43 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 583,512,354,542,205.13, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 33.02000 which put 54 Hydrae at a distance of 98.78 light years or 30.28 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 6,245,654.81 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 7,377.00 Parsecs or 24,061.07 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 54 Hydrae

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 A38073690,004,769.85
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26986,336,748.41
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5443,168,317.94
New Horizons Probe33,0002,007,379.11
Speed of Light670,616,629.0098.78
54 Hydrae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.070 to a magnitude of 5.020 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 days (variability).

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 54 Hydrae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional Name54 Hydrae
Alternative NamesM Hya, M Hydrae, M Hya, HD 129926, HIP 72197, HR 5497, 382 G. Hydrae, 54 Hya, CD-24 11661, Gliese 561.1A
Spectral TypeF0V + G/K
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourYellow - White
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 2.73 / 2.74
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.15
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 46m 00.18
Declination (Dec.)-25° 26` 34.5
Galactic Latitude30.62631728 degrees
Galactic Longitude333.13064283 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth32.86000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 99.26 Light Years
 30.43 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth33.02000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 98.78 Light Years
 30.28 Parsecs
 6,245,654.81 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,061.07 Light Years / 7,377.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-107.28000 ± 0.48000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-151.50000 ± 0.92000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.31
Radial Velocity-17.20000 ± 2.30 km/s
Semi-Major Axis7163.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)6.6100000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.060
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.020 - 5.070

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)1.71
Effective Temperature7,167 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

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. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear

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