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Chi1 Hydrae

Chi1 Hydrae Facts

  • Chi1 Hydrae is a subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Hydra. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Chi1 Hydrae is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (F3IV/V) of the star, the star's colour is yellow to white .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • The star has an estimated age of 1.30 Billion of Years but could be as young as 1.20 to 1.40 according to Hipparcos.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 141.01 light years away from us. Distance

Chi1 Hydrae's Alternative Names

Chi1 Hydrae (Chi01 Hya) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in 1603. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation, there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR4314. HIP54204 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD96202.

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 264 G. Hydrae. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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

Location of Chi1 Hydrae

The location of the subgiant 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 Chi1 Hydrae, the location is 11h 05m 20.03 and -27° 17` 36.9 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Chi1 Hydrae

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 -5.96 ± 0.21 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -190.41 ± 0.29 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 19.10000 km/s with an error of about 1.60 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 of Chi1 Hydrae

Chi1 Hydrae Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of F3IV/V , Chi1 Hydrae's colour and type is yellow to white subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.36 which means the star's temperature is about 6,918 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

Chi1 Hydrae 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 16.76 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Chi1 Hydrae Radius

Chi1 Hydrae estimated radius has been calculated as being 2.93 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,038,964.81.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 2.9169246323601927641569244576. 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.

Chi1 Hydrae Iron Abundance

Chi1 Hydrae Iron Abundance is -0.01 with an error value of 0.15 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context. The value comes from the Hipparcos Extended Catalog.

Chi1 Hydrae Estimated Age

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 1.30 Billion years old but could be between 1.20 and 1.40 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

Chi1 Hydrae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Chi1 Hydrae has an apparent magnitude of 4.92 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 1.73 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.74. 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 Chi1 Hydrae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 22.98000 which gave the calculated distance to Chi1 Hydrae as 141.93 light years away from Earth or 43.52 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 834,353,299,215,949.77, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 23.13000 which put Chi1 Hydrae at a distance of 141.01 light years or 43.23 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 8,916,765.44 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 7,396.00 Parsecs or 24,123.04 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 Chi1 Hydrae

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)
Walking423,640,912,713.82
Car120788,030,423.79
Airbus A380736128,483,221.27
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269123,247,063.10
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5461,623,451.23
New Horizons Probe33,0002,865,565.18
Speed of Light670,616,629.00141.01

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 Chi1 Hydrae Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameChi1 Hydrae
Alternative NamesChi01 Hya, HD 96202, HIP 54204, HR 4314, 264 G. Hydrae
Spectral TypeF3IV/V
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeSubgiant Star
ColourYellow - White
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationHydra
Age1.30 Billion Years Old
Age Range1.20 - 1.40 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude 1.73 / 1.74
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.92
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)11h 05m 20.03
Declination (Dec.)-27° 17` 36.9
Galactic Latitude29.90449582 degrees
Galactic Longitude275.68404302 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth22.98000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 141.93 Light Years
 43.52 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth23.13000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 141.01 Light Years
 43.23 Parsecs
 8,916,765.44 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,123.04 Light Years / 7,396.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-5.96000 ± 0.21000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-190.41000 ± 0.29000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.36
Radial Velocity19.10000 ± 1.60 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.0100 ± 0.15 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.15430
Inclination94.70000
Semi-Major Axis6468.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)16.7600000
Orbital Period (Days)2703.00000
Argument Of Periastron0.00000
Associated / Clustered StarsChi2 Hydrae

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)2.92
Effective Temperature6,918 Kelvin

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
96202-26 8338.2A5.80000-190.00000-5.00000F4Yellow/White
B5.800001927

Hydra Main Stars


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