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69 Ceti's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR689. HIP11021 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD14652.

69 Ceti has alternative name(s) :- , NSV 00805.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 69 Ceti with it shortened to 69 Cet.

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 236 G. Ceti. 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-00 355.

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

Location of 69 Ceti

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 69 Ceti, the location is 02h 21m 56.64 and +00° 23` 44.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 69 Ceti

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 -7.58 ± 0.16 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -12.73 ± 0.26 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 22.80 km/s with an error of about 2.80 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 (Colour, Temperature) of 69 Ceti

69 Ceti Colour and Temperature

69 Ceti has a spectral type of M2III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.64 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,671 Kelvin.

69 Ceti Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 81.16 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 56,473,650.67.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 66.58. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

69 Ceti Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

69 Ceti has an apparent magnitude of 5.29 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 -2.30. 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 69 Ceti

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.49 which gave the calculated distance to 69 Ceti as 1309 light years away from Earth or 401 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 877,837,167,361.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.03 which put 69 Ceti at a distance of 1076 light years or 330 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 68,066,911.76 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 7,586.00 Parsecs or 24,742.75 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 69 Ceti

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)
Walking4180,395,873,201.00
Car1206,013,195,773.00
Airbus A380736980,412,354.00
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269940,456,988.00
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54470,227,881.00
New Horizons Probe33,00021,866,166.00
Speed of Light670,616,629.001,076.00
69 Ceti brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.406 to a magnitude of 5.350 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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 69 Ceti Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional Name69 Ceti
Alternative NamesHD 14652, HIP 11021, HR 689, 236 G. Ceti, 69 Cet, BD-00 355, NSV 00805
Spectral TypeM2III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourRed
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCetus
Absolute Magnitude -2.73 / -2.30
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.29
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)02h 21m 56.64
Declination (Dec.)+00° 23` 44.5
Galactic Latitude-54.92 degrees
Galactic Longitude164.95 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.49 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1309 Light Years
 401 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.03 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1076 Light Years
 330 Parsecs
 68,066,911.76 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,742.75 Light Years / 7,586.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-7.58 ± 0.16 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-12.73 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.64
Radial Velocity22.80 ± 2.80 km/s
Eccentricity0.28
Semi-Major Axis10005.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.043
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.350 - 5.406

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)66.58
Effective Temperature3,671 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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