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EN Ursae Majoris

EN Ursae Majoris Facts

  • EN Ursae Majoris is a pulsating main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Ursa Major. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • EN Ursae Majoris is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (A7Vn) of the star, the star's colour is blue - white .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 402.17 light years away from us. Distance

EN Ursae Majoris's Alternative Names

HIP50685 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD89343.

EN Ursae Majoris has alternative name(s) :- EN UMa, EN UMa.

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+69 568.

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

Location of EN Ursae Majoris

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 EN Ursae Majoris, the location is 10h 21m 03.43 and +68° 44` 51.8 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of EN Ursae Majoris

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 -33.74 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -54.28 ± 0.37 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 3.90000 km/s with an error of about 2.90 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 EN Ursae Majoris

EN Ursae Majoris Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of A7Vn , EN Ursae Majoris's colour and type is blue - white main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.24 which means the star's temperature is about 7,538 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

EN Ursae Majoris 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 55.74 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

EN Ursae Majoris Radius

EN Ursae Majoris estimated radius has been calculated as being 4.60 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,197,951.21.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 4.4914536060127309005603230104. 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.

EN Ursae Majoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

EN Ursae Majoris has an apparent magnitude of 5.88 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 0.38 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.43. 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 EN Ursae Majoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 7.95000 which gave the calculated distance to EN Ursae Majoris as 410.27 light years away from Earth or 125.79 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 2,411,823,631,856,039.67, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 8.11000 which put EN Ursae Majoris at a distance of 402.17 light years or 123.30 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 25,432,273.40 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 7,470.00 Parsecs or 24,364.40 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 EN Ursae Majoris

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)
Walking467,425,472,421.23
Car1202,247,515,747.37
Airbus A380736366,442,784.90
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269351,508,909.76
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54175,754,225.82
New Horizons Probe33,0008,172,784.54
Speed of Light670,616,629.00402.17

Variable Type of EN Ursae Majoris

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. EN Ursae Majoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.966 to a magnitude of 5.927 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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Additional EN Ursae Majoris Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameEN Ursae Majoris
Alternative NamesEN UMa, HD 89343, HIP 50685, BD+69 568, EN UMa
Spectral TypeA7Vn
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationUrsa Major
Absolute Magnitude 0.38 / 0.43
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.88
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 21m 03.43
Declination (Dec.)+68° 44` 51.8
Galactic Latitude42.88912040 degrees
Galactic Longitude140.49912551 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth7.95000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 410.27 Light Years
 125.79 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth8.11000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 402.17 Light Years
 123.30 Parsecs
 25,432,273.40 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,364.40 Light Years / 7,470.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-33.74000 ± 0.26000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-54.28000 ± 0.37000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.24
Radial Velocity3.90000 ± 2.90 km/s
Eccentricity0.10070
Semi-Major Axis7089.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)55.7400000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Scuti
Mean Variability Period in Days0.156
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.927 - 5.966

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)4.49
Effective Temperature7,538 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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