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Chi2 Sagittarii (48 Sagittarii) Star Facts

Chi2 Sagittarii Facts

  • Chi2 Sagittarii is a subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Sagittarius. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Chi2 Sagittarii is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (B7IV) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 1772.63 light years away from us. Distance

Chi2 Sagittarii's Alternative Names

Chi2 Sagittarii (Chi02 Sgr) 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.

HIP95486 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD182391.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John named the stars in the constellation with a number and its latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 48 Sagittarii. The Flamsteed name can be shortened to 48 Sgr.

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 CD-24 15306.

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

Location of Chi2 Sagittarii

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 Chi2 Sagittarii, the location is 19h 25m 22.34 and -24° 24` 43.5 .

Proper Motion of Chi2 Sagittarii

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 -3.17 ± 0.39 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 1.62 ± 0.65 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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 Chi2 Sagittarii

Chi2 Sagittarii Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of B7IV , Chi2 Sagittarii's colour and type is blue subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0 which means the star's temperature is about 9,531 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

Chi2 Sagittarii Radius

Chi2 Sagittarii estimated radius has been calculated as being 4.37 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,041,698.02.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 6.56. 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.

Chi2 Sagittarii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Chi2 Sagittarii has an apparent magnitude of 7.27 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 -0.53 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.41. 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 Sagittarii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.75 which gave the calculated distance to Chi2 Sagittarii as 1186.05 light years away from Earth or 363.64 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 6,972,343,623,864,420.64, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 1.84 which put Chi2 Sagittarii at a distance of 1772.63 light years or 543.48 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 112,100,015.78 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.

Travel Time to Chi2 Sagittarii

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)
Walking4297,188,788,766.07
Car1209,906,292,958.87
Airbus A3807361,615,156,460.69
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2691,549,332,965.45
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54774,665,473.08
New Horizons Probe33,00036,022,883.49
Speed of Light670,616,629.001,772.63

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 Sagittarii
Alternative NamesChi02 Sgr, HD 182391, HIP 95486, 48 Sagittarii, 48 Sgr, CD-24 15306
Spectral TypeB7IV
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeSubgiant Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationSagittarius
Absolute Magnitude -0.53 / -1.41
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.27
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)19h 25m 22.34
Declination (Dec.)-24° 24` 43.5
Galactic Latitude-17.94 degrees
Galactic Longitude14.13 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.75 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1186.05 Light Years
 363.64 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.84 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1772.63 Light Years
 543.48 Parsecs
 112,100,015.78 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-3.17 ± 0.39 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1.62 ± 0.65 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.00
Associated / Clustered StarsChi1 Sagittarii
Chi3 Sagittarii

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)6.56
Effective Temperature9,531 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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