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72 Draconis

72 Draconis Facts

  • 72 Draconis is a star that can be located in the constellation of Draco. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • 72 Draconis is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (G0) of the star, the star's colour is yellow .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 483.20 light years away from us. Distance

72 Draconis's Alternative Names

HIP100565 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD194666.

72 Draconis has alternative name(s) :- 72 Dra.

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 72 Draconis. The Flamsteed name can be shortened to 72 Dra.

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+61 2007.

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

Location of 72 Draconis

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 72 Draconis, the location is 20h 23m 32.08 and +62° 16` 16.0 .

Proper Motion of 72 Draconis

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 106.71 ± 0.54 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 39.97 ± 0.67 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 of 72 Draconis

72 Draconis Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of G0 , 72 Draconis's colour and type is yellow star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.61 which means the star's temperature is about 5,852 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

72 Draconis 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 7.08 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

72 Draconis Radius

72 Draconis estimated radius has been calculated as being 2.46 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,709,036.40.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 2.5601639190978549967315990407. 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.

72 Draconis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

72 Draconis has an apparent magnitude of 8.60 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 2.84 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.75. 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 72 Draconis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 7.06000 which gave the calculated distance to 72 Draconis as 461.99 light years away from Earth or 141.64 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 2,715,866,136,157,095.98, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 6.75000 which put 72 Draconis at a distance of 483.20 light years or 148.15 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 30,557,918.11 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 7,418.00 Parsecs or 24,194.80 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 72 Draconis

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)
Walking481,010,488,783.20
Car1202,700,349,626.11
Airbus A380736440,274,395.56
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269422,331,613.99
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54211,165,531.78
New Horizons Probe33,0009,819,453.19
Speed of Light670,616,629.00483.20

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 Name72 Draconis
Alternative Names72 Dra, HD 194666, HIP 100565, 72 Dra, BD+61 2007
Spectral TypeG0
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
ColourYellow
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationDraco
Absolute Magnitude 2.84 / 2.75
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.60
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)20h 23m 32.08
Declination (Dec.)+62° 16` 16.0
Galactic Latitude13.98424281 degrees
Galactic Longitude96.74490004 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth7.06000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 461.99 Light Years
 141.64 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth6.75000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 483.20 Light Years
 148.15 Parsecs
 30,557,918.11 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,194.80 Light Years / 7,418.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.106.71000 ± 0.54000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.39.97000 ± 0.67000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.61
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)7.0800000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)2.56
Effective Temperature5,852 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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