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6 Monocerotis, HD43760, HIP29885, HR2255

6 Monocerotis is a blue to white star that can be located in the constellation of Monoceros. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

6 Monocerotis's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR2255. HIP29885 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD43760.

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 6 Monocerotis with it shortened to 6 Mon.

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-10 1455.

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

Location of 6 Monocerotis

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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 6 Monocerotis, the location is 06h 17m 35.13 and -10° 43` 30.0 .

Proper Motion of 6 Monocerotis

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 0.40 ± 0.37 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -7.16 ± 0.56 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 28.80000 km/s with an error of about 0.70 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of 6 Monocerotis

6 Monocerotis has a spectral type of F0e.... This means the star is a blue to white star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.36 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,537 Kelvin.

6 Monocerotis Radius has been calculated as being 10.87 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 7,562,047.51.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 13.75. 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 -0.05 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

6 Monocerotis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

6 Monocerotis has an apparent magnitude of 6.76 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 -0.87 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.38. 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 6 Monocerotis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.98 which gave the calculated distance to 6 Monocerotis as 1094.51 light years away from Earth or 335.57 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1094.51 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 2.35 which put 6 Monocerotis at a distance of 1387.93 light years or 425.53 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.

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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Primary / Proper / Traditional Name6 Monocerotis
Alternative NamesHD 43760, HIP 29885, HR 2255, 6 Mon, BD-10 1455
Spectral TypeF0e...
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
Colour blue to white
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationMonoceros
Absolute Magnitude-0.87 / -1.38
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.76
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 17m 35.13
Declination (Dec.)-10° 43` 30.0
Galactic Latitude-12.33 degrees
Galactic Longitude218.79 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.98 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1094.51 Light Years
 335.57 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.35 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1387.93 Light Years
 425.53 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.0.40 ± 0.37 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-7.16 ± 0.56 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.36
Radial Velocity28.80 ± 0.70 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.05 ± 9.99 Fe/H

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature6,537 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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