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5 Cap G. Serpentis

5 Cap G. Serpentis Facts

5 Cap G. Serpentis's Alternative Names

HIP74895 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD136027.

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 Cap 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+01 3059.

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

Location of 5 Cap G. Serpentis

The location of the 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 5 Cap G. Serpentis, the location is 15h 18m 22.62 and +00° 56` 22.0 .

Proper Motion of 5 Cap G. Serpentis

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 -17.28 ± 0.41 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 32.94 ± 0.70 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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 (Colour, Temperature) of 5 Cap G. Serpentis

5 Cap G. Serpentis Colour and Temperature

5 Cap G. Serpentis has a spectral type of K0. This means the star is a orange to red star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.6 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,775 Kelvin.

5 Cap G. Serpentis Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 14.49 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 10,081,964.89.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 19.55. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

5 Cap G. Serpentis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

5 Cap G. Serpentis has an apparent magnitude of 6.50 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 0.89 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 5 Cap G. Serpentis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 7.55 which gave the calculated distance to 5 Cap G. Serpentis as 432.00 light years away from Earth or 132.45 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 432.00 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 5.61 which put 5 Cap G. Serpentis at a distance of 581.40 light years or 178.25 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 36,766,445.52 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 7,280.00 Parsecs or 23,744.69 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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Additional 5 Cap G. Serpentis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional Name5 Cap G. Serpentis
Alternative NamesHD 136027, HIP 74895, BD+01 3059
Spectral TypeK0
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeStar
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationSerpens
Absolute Magnitude 0.89 / 0.24
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.50
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 18m 22.62
Declination (Dec.)+00° 56` 22.0
Galactic Latitude46.11 degrees
Galactic Longitude2.54 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth7.55 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 432.00 Light Years
 132.45 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth5.61 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 581.40 Light Years
 178.25 Parsecs
 36,766,445.52 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,744.69 Light Years / 7,280.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-17.28 ± 0.41 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.32.94 ± 0.70 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.60

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)19.55
Effective Temperature3,775 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
136027+01 3059.0A6.7000033.00000-25.00000K0Orange
B12.300001879

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