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Chi2 Orionis (62 Orionis) Star Facts

Chi2 Orionis Facts

Chi2 Orionis's Alternative Names

Chi2 Orionis (Chi02 Ori) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in the early nineteenth century. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation although there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR2135. HIP28716 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD41117.

Chi2 Orionis has alternative name(s) :- , chi02 Ori.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 62 Orionis with it shortened to 62 Ori.

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+20 1233.

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

Location of Chi2 Orionis

The location of the supergiant 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 Chi2 Orionis, the location is 06h 03m 55.18 and +20° 08` 18.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Chi2 Orionis

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 -2.10 ± 0.15 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 1.88 ± 0.28 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 16.80 km/s with an error of about 0.90 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.

Chi2 Orionis 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 3,330.05 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Chi2 Orionis

Chi2 Orionis has a spectral type of B2Iavar. This means the star is a blue supergiant star. The star is 7,930.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or in terms of Light Years is 25,864.75 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.23 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,184 Kelvin.

Chi2 Orionis Radius has been calculated as being 711.66 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 495,172,927.48.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 39.28. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.38 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Chi2 Orionis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Chi2 Orionis has an apparent magnitude of 4.64 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 -10.36 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.07. 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 Chi2 Orionis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.10 which gave the calculated distance to Chi2 Orionis as 32616.33 light years away from Earth or 10000 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 32616.33 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 1.81 which put Chi2 Orionis at a distance of 1802.01 light years or 552.49 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 113,958,448.73 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 7,930.00 Parsecs or 25,864.75 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of Chi2 Orionis

The star is a pulsating Alpha Cygnus 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. Chi2 Orionis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.717 to a magnitude of 4.672 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 2.9 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameChi2 Orionis
Alternative NamesChi02 Ori, HD 41117, HIP 28716, HR 2135, 62 Orionis, 62 Ori, BD+20 1233, chi02 Ori
Spectral TypeB2Iavar
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationOrion
Absolute Magnitude -10.36 / -4.07
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.64
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 03m 55.18
Declination (Dec.)+20° 08` 18.5
Galactic Latitude-0.86 degrees
Galactic Longitude189.69 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth0.10 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 32616.33 Light Years
 10000 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.81 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1802.01 Light Years
 552.49 Parsecs
 113,958,448.73 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance25,864.75 Light Years / 7,930.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-2.10 ± 0.15 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1.88 ± 0.28 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.23
Radial Velocity16.80 ± 0.90 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.38 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.05
Semi-Major Axis8349.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)3,330.05
Associated / Clustered StarsChi1 Orionis

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeAlpha Cygnus
Mean Variability Period in Days2.868
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.672 - 4.717

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)39.28
Effective Temperature7,184 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

Location of Chi2 Orionis in Orion


Chi2 Orionis Location in Orion

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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