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DR Crucis Facts

  • DR Crucis is a main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Crux. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • DR Crucis is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (K3/K4V) of the star, the star's colour is orange to 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 99.23 light years away from us. Distance

DR Crucis's Alternative Names

HIP62333 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD110971.

DR Crucis has alternative name(s) :- , DR Cru.

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

Location of DR Crucis

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 DR Crucis, the location is 12h 46m 26.25 and -57° 57` 01.7 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of DR Crucis

Proper Motion

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 14.13 ± 0.66 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -206.73 ± 1.20 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 10.00000 km/s with an error of about 999.00 km/s . 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 DR Crucis

DR Crucis Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of K3/K4V , DR Crucis's colour and type is orange to red main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.09 which means the star's temperature is about 4,682 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

DR Crucis 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 0.37 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

DR Crucis Radius

DR Crucis estimated radius has been calculated as being 0.73 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 508,700.06.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 0.7550540639173583766214695062. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

DR Crucis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

DR Crucis has an apparent magnitude of 8.79 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 6.44 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 6.37. 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 DR Crucis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 33.82000 which gave the calculated distance to DR Crucis as 96.44 light years away from Earth or 29.57 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 566,934,630,989,827.35, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 32.87000 which put DR Crucis at a distance of 99.23 light years or 30.42 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 6,274,531.68 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. The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,384.00 Parsecs or 24,083.90 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to DR Crucis

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)
Walking416,636,322,023.92
Car120554,544,067.46
Airbus A38073690,414,793.61
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26986,730,062.20
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5443,364,974.58
New Horizons Probe33,0002,016,523.88
Speed of Light670,616,629.0099.23
DR Crucis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.990 to a magnitude of 8.876 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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 DR Crucis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameDR Crucis
Alternative NamesHD 110971, HIP 62333, DR Cru
Spectral TypeK3/K4V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCrux
Absolute Magnitude 6.44 / 6.37
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.79
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 46m 26.25
Declination (Dec.)-57° 57` 01.7
Galactic Latitude4.91480518 degrees
Galactic Longitude302.26614826 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth33.82000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 96.44 Light Years
 29.57 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth32.87000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 99.23 Light Years
 30.42 Parsecs
 6,274,531.68 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,083.90 Light Years / 7,384.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.14.13000 ± 0.66000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-206.73000 ± 1.20000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.09
Radial Velocity10.00000 ± 999.00 km/s
Eccentricity0.09280
Semi-Major Axis6752.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)0.3700000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.079
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.876 - 8.990

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)0.76
Effective Temperature4,682 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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