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CoRoT-7 Facts

Location of CoRoT-7

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 CoRoT-7, the location is 06h 43m 49.00 and -01° 03` 46.00 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Metallicity, Age, Radius) of CoRoT-7

CoRoT-7 Colour and Temperature

CoRoT-7 has a spectral type of K0V. This means the star is a orange to red main sequence star.

CoRoT-7 Radius

CoRoT-7 has been calculated as 0.87 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 605,346.00.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2.

The star's metallicity is 0.070000, this value is the fractional amount of the star that is not Hydrogen (X) or Helium (Y). An older star would have a high metallicity whereas a new star would have a lower one.

The star is believed to be about 1.50 Billion years old. To put in context, the Sun is believed to be about five billion years old and the Universe is about 13.8 billion years old.

CoRoT-7 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

CoRoT-7 has an apparent magnitude of 11.70 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 5.82 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 CoRoT-7

The Parallax of the star is given as 6.67 which gives a calculated distance to CoRoT-7 of 489.24 light years from the Earth or 150.00 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 489.24 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

The star is roughly 30,939,505.35 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.

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Additional CoRoT-7 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameCoRoT-7
Spectral TypeK0V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Age1.50 Billion Years Old
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.70
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 43m 49.00
Declination (Dec.)-01° 03` 46.00
Distance from Earth6.67 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 489.24 Light Years
 150.00 Parsecs
 30,939,505.35 Astronomical Units

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count2

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)0.87

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List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting CoRoT-7

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastronInclination
CoRoT-7 bConfirmed0.0030.8540.1220090.017280.100
CoRoT-7 cConfirmed0.00343.6980.1220090.046

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