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DO Boötis

DO Boötis Facts

  • DO Boötis is a pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Bootes. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • DO Boötis is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (M5) of the star, the star's colour is red .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 36240.37 light years away from us. Distance

DO Bootis's Alternative Names

HIP67917 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

DO Bootis has alternative name(s) :- , DO Boo.

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+12 2640.

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

Location of DO Boötis

The location of the variable 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 DO Boötis, the location is 13h 54m 37.48 and +12° 16` 14.8 .

Proper Motion of DO Boötis

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 8.16 ± 0.69 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -20.88 ± 1.18 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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.

Physical Properties of DO Boötis

DO Bootis Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of M5 , DO Bootis's colour and type is red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.44 which means the star's temperature is about 4,134 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

DO Bootis Radius

DO Boötis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

DO Boötis has an apparent magnitude of 9.02 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -6.21. 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 DO Boötis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.08000 which gave the calculated distance to DO Boötis as -40770.42 light years away from Earth or -12500 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about -239,674,025,487,352,516.82, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 0.09000 which put DO Boötis at a distance of 36240.37 light years or 11111.11 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 2,291,814,981.75 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.

Travel Time to DO Bootis

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)
Walking46,075,848,690,778.18
Car120202,528,289,692.61
Airbus A38073633,020,916,797.71
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26931,675,194,440.43
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5415,837,576,578.72
New Horizons Probe33,000736,466,507.97
Speed of Light670,616,629.0036,240.37

Variable Type of DO Boötis

The star is a pulsating Semi-Regular Star w 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. DO Boötis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.254 to a magnitude of 8.818 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.3 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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Additional DO Boötis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameDO Bootis
Alternative NamesHIP 67917, BD+12 2640, DO Boo
Spectral TypeM5
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourRed
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationBootes
Absolute Magnitude / -6.21
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.02
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 54m 37.48
Declination (Dec.)+12° 16` 14.8
Galactic Latitude69.02282350 degrees
Galactic Longitude350.92288733 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-0.08000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -40770.42 Light Years
 -12500 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.09000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 36240.37 Light Years
 11111.11 Parsecs
 2,291,814,981.75 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.8.16000 ± 0.69000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-20.88000 ± 1.18000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.44

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemi-Regular Star w
Mean Variability Period in Days0.348
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.818 - 9.254

Estimated Calculated Facts


Effective Temperature4,134 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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