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CG Cygni Facts

CG Cygni's Alternative Names

HIP103505 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

CG Cygni has alternative name(s) :- CG Cyg, CG Cyg.

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+34 4217.

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

Location of CG Cygni

The location of the main sequence 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 CG Cygni, the location is 20h 58m 13.45 and +35° 10` 29.8 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of CG Cygni

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 -16.65 ± 1.71 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 5.50 ± 2.15 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 1.70 km/s with an error of about 0.40 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) of CG Cygni

CG Cygni Colour and Temperature

CG Cygni has a spectral type of G9.5V +K3V. This means the star is a yellow main sequence star.

CG Cygni Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

CG Cygni has an apparent magnitude of 9.99 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 4.82 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 5.38. 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 CG Cygni

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.25 which gave the calculated distance to CG Cygni as 352.61 light years away from Earth or 108.11 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 236,466,129,552.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 11.99 which put CG Cygni at a distance of 272.03 light years or 83.40 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 17,202,364.97 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 7,385.00 Parsecs or 24,087.16 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 CG Cygni

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)
Walking445,606,960,396.72
Car1201,520,232,013.22
Airbus A380736247,863,915.20
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269237,762,559.92
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54118,881,125.02
New Horizons Probe33,0005,528,116.41
Speed of Light670,616,629.00272.03

Variable Type of CG Cygni

The star is a eclipsing Beta Persei (Algol)/ variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. CG Cygni brightness ranges from a magnitude of 10.770 to a magnitude of 10.120 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.6 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 CG Cygni Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameCG Cygni
Alternative NamesCG Cyg, HIP 103505, BD+34 4217, CG Cyg
Spectral TypeG9.5V +K3V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourYellow
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCygnus
Absolute Magnitude 4.82 / 5.38
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.99
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)20h 58m 13.45
Declination (Dec.)+35° 10` 29.8
Galactic Latitude-6.87 degrees
Galactic Longitude78.46 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth9.25 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 352.61 Light Years
 108.11 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth11.99 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 272.03 Light Years
 83.40 Parsecs
 17,202,364.97 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,087.16 Light Years / 7,385.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-16.65 ± 1.71 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.5.50 ± 2.15 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-99.00
Radial Velocity1.70 ± 0.40 km/s
Eccentricity0.16
Semi-Major Axis8582.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEclipsing
Variable Star TypeBeta Persei (Algol)/
Mean Variability Period in Days0.631
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)10.120 - 10.770

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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
+34 4217.0A10.20000
B11.800001979

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