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DS Crucis, HD111613, HIP62732

DS Crucis is a blue supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Crux. 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.

DS Crucis's Alternative Names

HIP62732 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD111613.

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

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

Location of DS Crucis

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 DS Crucis, the location is 12h 51m 17.98 and -60° 19` 47.2 .

Proper Motion of DS Crucis

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 -0.97 ± 0.22 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -4.50 ± 0.34 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 -21.90000 km/s with an error of about 1.40 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of DS Crucis

DS Crucis has a spectral type of A2Iab. This means the star is a blue supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.34 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,614 Kelvin.

DS Crucis Radius has been calculated as being 46.99 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 32,696,382.17.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 52.24. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

DS Crucis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

DS Crucis has an apparent magnitude of 5.71 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 -4.10 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.33. 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 DS Crucis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.09 which gave the calculated distance to DS Crucis as 2992.32 light years away from Earth or 917.43 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 2992.32 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 0.98 which put DS Crucis at a distance of 3328.20 light years or 1020.41 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. DS Crucis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.845 to a magnitude of 5.794 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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 NameDS Crucis
Alternative NamesHD 111613, HIP 62732, DS Cru
Spectral TypeA2Iab
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCrux
Absolute Magnitude-4.10 / -4.33
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.71
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 51m 17.98
Declination (Dec.)-60° 19` 47.2
Galactic Latitude2.54 degrees
Galactic Longitude302.91 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.09 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2992.32 Light Years
 917.43 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.98 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 3328.20 Light Years
 1020.41 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-0.97 ± 0.22 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-4.50 ± 0.34 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.34
Radial Velocity-21.90 ± 1.40 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.044
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.794 - 5.845

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature6,614 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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