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Delta Delphini, 11 Delphini, HD197461, HIP102281, HR7928

Delta Delphini (Delta Delphini) Location in Delphinus

Delta Delphini is a blue pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Delphinus. 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.

Delta Delphini's Alternative Names

Delta Delphini (Del Del) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR7928. HIP102281 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD197461.

Delta Delphini has alternative name(s) :- , del Del.

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 11 Delphini with it shortened to 11 Del.

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+14 4403.

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

Location of Delta Delphini

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 Delta Delphini, the location is 20h 43m 27.55 and +15° 04` 28.9 .

Proper Motion of Delta Delphini

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 -43.33 ± 0.13 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -20.44 ± 0.20 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 9.30000 km/s with an error of about 0.90 km/s .

Delta Delphini 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 65.60 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 Delta Delphini

Delta Delphini has a spectral type of A7IIIp d Del. This means the star is a blue giant star. The star is 7,368.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,031.72 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.3 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,218 Kelvin.

Delta Delphini Radius has been calculated as being 4.85 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,377,144.60.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 5.32. 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 -0.20 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Delta Delphini Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Delta Delphini has an apparent magnitude of 4.43 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 0.45 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.25. 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 Delta Delphini

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 16.03 which gave the calculated distance to Delta Delphini as 203.47 light years away from Earth or 62.38 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 203.47 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 14.61 which put Delta Delphini at a distance of 223.25 light years or 68.45 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 7,368.00 Parsecs or 24,031.72 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 Delta Delphini

The star is a pulsating Delta Scuti 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. Delta Delphini brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.523 to a magnitude of 4.468 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.2 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameDelta Delphini
Alternative NamesDel Del, HD 197461, HIP 102281, HR 7928, 11 Delphini, 11 Del, BD+14 4403, del Del
Spectral TypeA7IIIp d Del
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationDelphinus
Absolute Magnitude0.45 / 0.25
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.43
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)20h 43m 27.55
Declination (Dec.)+15° 04` 28.9
Galactic Latitude-16.55 degrees
Galactic Longitude60.14 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth16.03 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 203.47 Light Years
 62.38 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth14.61 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 223.25 Light Years
 68.45 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,031.72 Light Years / 7,368.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-43.33 ± 0.13 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-20.44 ± 0.20 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.30
Radial Velocity9.30 ± 0.90 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.20 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.20
Semi-Major Axis8545.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)65.60

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Scuti
Mean Variability Period in Days0.157
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.468 - 4.523

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature7,218 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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