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Chi Serpentis, 20 Serpentis, HD140160, HIP76866, HR5843

Chi Serpentis is a blue rotating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Serpens. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Chi Serpentis's Alternative Names

Chi Serpentis (Chi Ser) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR5843. HIP76866 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD140160.

Chi Serpentis has alternative name(s) :- , chi Ser.

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 20 Serpentis with it shortened to 20 Ser.

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+13 2982.

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

Location of Chi Serpentis

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Chi Serpentis, the location is 15h 41m 47.39 and +12° 50` 51.1 .

Proper Motion of Chi Serpentis

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 -3.76 ± 0.28 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 38.42 ± 0.41 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 us is 1.90000 km/s with an error of about 1.78 km/s .

Chi Serpentis 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 30.62 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 Chi Serpentis

Chi Serpentis has a spectral type of A0p Sr. This means the star is a blue variable star. The star is 7,358.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23,999.10 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.03 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 9,610 Kelvin.

Chi Serpentis Radius has been calculated as being 2.02 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,405,821.42.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 1.94. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Chi Serpentis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Chi Serpentis has an apparent magnitude of 5.34 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 1.11 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 Chi Serpentis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 14.28 which gave the calculated distance to Chi Serpentis as 228.41 light years away from Earth or 70.03 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 228.41 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 14.84 which put Chi Serpentis at a distance of 219.79 light years or 67.39 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 7,358.00 Parsecs or 23,999.10 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 Chi Serpentis

The star is a rotating Alpha2 Canum Venaticorum 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. Chi Serpentis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.364 to a magnitude of 5.336 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.6 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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Chi Serpentis Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameChi Serpentis
Alternative NamesChi Ser, HD 140160, HIP 76866, HR 5843, 20 Serpentis, 20 Ser, BD+13 2982, chi Ser
Spectral TypeA0p Sr
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude1.11 / 1.20
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.34
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 41m 47.39
Declination (Dec.)+12° 50` 51.1
Galactic Latitude47.75 degrees
Galactic Longitude21.83 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth14.28 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 228.41 Light Years
 70.03 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth14.84 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 219.79 Light Years
 67.39 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,999.10 Light Years / 7,358.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-3.76 ± 0.28 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.38.42 ± 0.41 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.03
Radial Velocity1.90 ± 1.78 km/s
Semi-Major Axis9239.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)30.62

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassRotating
Variable Star TypeAlpha2 Canum Venaticorum
Mean Variability Period in Days1.596
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.336 - 5.364

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature9,610 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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