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Alkes (Alpha Crateris) - HD95272 - HIP53740 - HR4287

Alkes (Alpha Crateris) is a orange to red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Crater. Alpha Crateris is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR4287. HIP53740 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD95272. Alkes has alternative name(s), 7 Crateris , 7 Crt.

Location of Alkes

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 Alkes, the location is 10h 59m 46.75 and -18d17`56.8 .

Proper Motion of Alkes

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 129.49 ± 000.15 towards the north and -462.26 ± 000.27 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Alkes 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 82.0000000 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 Alkes

Alkes has a spectral type of K1III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.07 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,718 Kelvin.

Alkes has been calculated as 11.41 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 7,940,861.79.km.

Alkes Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Alkes has an apparent magnitude of 4.08 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 0.44 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.64. 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 Alkes

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 18.71 which gave the calculated distance to Alkes as 174.33 light years away from Earth or 53.45 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 174.33 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 20.49 which put Alkes at a distance of 159.18 light years or 48.80 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.

Alkes Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional NameAlkes
Short Name7 Crt
Bayer DesignationAlpha Crateris
Alternative Name(s)7 Crateris
Hipparcos Library I.D.53740
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id4287
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-17 3273
Henry Draper Designation95272

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude0.44 / 0.64
Apparent Magnitude4.08
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 59m 46.75
Declination (Dec.)-18d17`56.8
1997 Distance from Earth18.71 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 174.33 Light Years
 53.45 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth20.49 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 159.18 Light Years
 48.80 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.129.49 ± 0.15 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-462.26 ± 0.27 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.07
Spectral TypeK1III
Colour(K) Orange to Red

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)11.41
Luminosity (x the Sun)82.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature4,718 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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