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Chi Centauri - HD122980 - HIP68862

Chi Centauri is a blue main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Chi Centauri is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP68862 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD122980. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 311. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major.

Location of Chi Centauri

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Chi Centauri, the location is 14h 06m 02.79 and -41d10`46.5 .

Proper Motion of Chi Centauri

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 -21.69 ± 0.13 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -22.90 ± 0.21 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Chi Centauri 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 3190.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Chi Centauri

Chi Centauri has a spectral type of B2V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7292.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23783.8310444800000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.19 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 16,152 Kelvin.

Chi Centauri Radius has been calculated as being 2.19 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,523,870.91.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.50. 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 -0.22 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Chi Centauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Chi Centauri has an apparent magnitude of 4.36 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 -1.32 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.61. 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 Chi Centauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 7.31 which gave the calculated distance to Chi Centauri as 446.19 light years away from Earth or 136.80 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 446.19 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 6.39 which put Chi Centauri at a distance of 510.43 light years or 156.49 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,292.00 Parsecs or 23,783.83 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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.

Chi Centauri Facts

Alternative Names

Bayer DesignationChi Centauri
Hipparcos Library I.D.68862
Gould I.D.311
Henry Draper Designation122980

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Absolute Magnitude-1.32 / -1.61
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.36
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Ref: Wiki
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 06m 02.79
Declination (Dec.)-41d10`46.5
Galactic Latitude19.54 degrees
Galactic Longitude317.73 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth7.31 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 446.19 Light Years
 136.80 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth6.39 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 510.43 Light Years
 156.49 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,783.83 Light Years / 7,292.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-21.69 ± 0.13 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-22.90 ± 0.21 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.19
Radial Velocity9.60 ± 2.80 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.22 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeB2V
Colour(B) blue

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)3,190.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature16,152 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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