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96 Virginis - HD123630 - HIP69127

96 Virginis is a white to yellow giant star that can be located in the constellation of Virgo. HIP69127 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD123630. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 218. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major. 96 Virginis has alternative name(s), 96 Virginis , 96 Vir.

Location of 96 Virginis

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 96 Virginis, the location is 14h 09m 00.60 and -10d20`04.6 .

Proper Motion of 96 Virginis

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 021.44 ± 000.33 towards the north and -006.77 ± 000.63 east if we saw them in the horizon.

96 Virginis 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 113.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 96 Virginis

96 Virginis has a spectral type of G8III. This means the star is a white to yellow giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,849 Kelvin.

96 Virginis has been calculated as 11.52 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 8,018,267.06.km.

96 Virginis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

96 Virginis has an apparent magnitude of 6.45 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 0.30 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.93. 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 96 Virginis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 5.88 which gave the calculated distance to 96 Virginis as 554.70 light years away from Earth or 170.07 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 554.70 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 7.86 which put 96 Virginis at a distance of 414.97 light years or 127.23 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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

96 Virginis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional Name96 Virginis
Short Name96 Vir
Alternative Name(s)96 Virginis
Hipparcos Library I.D.69127
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-09 3865
Gould I.D.218
Henry Draper Designation123630

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude0.30 / 0.93
Apparent Magnitude6.45
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 09m 00.60
Declination (Dec.)-10d20`04.6
1997 Distance from Earth5.88 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 554.70 Light Years
 170.07 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth7.86 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 414.97 Light Years
 127.23 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.21.44 ± 0.33 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-6.77 ± 0.63 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.00
Spectral TypeG8III
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)11.52
Luminosity (x the Sun)113.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature4,849 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

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
123630-09 3865.0A6.50000-8.0000021.00000G8Yellow

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