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Chi3 Fornacis

Chi3 Fornacis Facts

Chi3 Fornacis's Alternative Names

Chi3 Fornacis (Chi03 For) 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 HR1058. HIP16156 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD21635.

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

Location of Chi3 Fornacis

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 Chi3 Fornacis, the location is 03h 28m 11.50 and -35° 51` 12.3 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Chi3 Fornacis

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 -3.91 ± 0.43 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 35.70 ± 0.62 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 18.40 km/s with an error of about 1.20 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.

Chi3 Fornacis 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 27.59 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 Chi3 Fornacis

Chi3 Fornacis Colour and Temperature

Chi3 Fornacis has a spectral type of A1V. This means the star is a blue - white main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.12 which means the star's temperature is about 8,298 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being .

Chi3 Fornacis Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 2.53 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,759,659.34.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 2.60. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Chi3 Fornacis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Chi3 Fornacis has an apparent magnitude of 6.49 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 1.26 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.20. 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 Chi3 Fornacis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.01 which gave the calculated distance to Chi3 Fornacis as 362.00 light years away from Earth or 110.99 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 242,763,219,698.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 8.75 which put Chi3 Fornacis at a distance of 372.76 light years or 114.29 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 23,573,840.44 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 7,435.00 Parsecs or 24,250.24 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 Chi3 Fornacis

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)
Walking462,494,763,656.51
Car1202,083,158,788.55
Airbus A380736339,645,454.65
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269325,803,668.11
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54162,901,621.74
New Horizons Probe33,0007,575,122.87
Speed of Light670,616,629.00372.76

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 Chi3 Fornacis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameChi3 Fornacis
Alternative NamesChi03 For, HD 21635, HIP 16156, HR 1058
Spectral TypeA1V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationFornax
Absolute Magnitude 1.26 / 1.20
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.49
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)03h 28m 11.50
Declination (Dec.)-35° 51` 12.3
Galactic Latitude-55.71 degrees
Galactic Longitude237.56 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth9.01 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 362.00 Light Years
 110.99 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth8.75 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 372.76 Light Years
 114.29 Parsecs
 23,573,840.44 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,250.24 Light Years / 7,435.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-3.91 ± 0.43 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.35.70 ± 0.62 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.12
Radial Velocity18.40 ± 1.20 km/s
Eccentricity0.08
Semi-Major Axis6829.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)27.59
Associated / Clustered StarsChi1 Fornacis
Chi2 Fornacis

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)2.60
Effective Temperature8,298 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
21635-36 1310.2A6.5000028.00000-6.00000A0White
B10.5000028.00000-6.000001898

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