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EQ Boötis

EQ Boötis Facts

  • EQ Boötis is a variable star that can be located in the constellation of Bootes. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • EQ Boötis is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (G5) of the star, the star's colour is yellow .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • The star has an estimated age of 6.50 Billion of Years but could be as young as 4.60 to 8.00 according to Hipparcos.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 345.15 light years away from us. Distance

EQ Bootis's Alternative Names

HIP72757 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD131317.

EQ Bootis has alternative name(s) :- , EQ 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+18 2949.

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

Location of EQ 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 EQ Boötis, the location is 14h 52m 25.84 and +17° 57` 23.4 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of EQ Boötis

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 -10.26 ± 1.44 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -32.56 ± 1.63 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 -1.20000 km/s with an error of about 1.10 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 EQ Boötis

EQ Bootis Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of G5 , EQ Bootis's colour and type is yellow variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.72 which means the star's temperature is about 5,603 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

EQ Bootis 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 3.09 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

EQ Bootis Radius

EQ Bootis estimated radius has been calculated as being 1.87 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,301,700.42.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 1.8282102121568690615841777944. 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.

EQ Bootis Iron Abundance

EQ Bootis Iron Abundance is -0.14 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context. The value comes from the Hipparcos Extended Catalog.

EQ Bootis Estimated Age

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 6.50 Billion years old but could be between 4.60 and 8.00 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

EQ Boötis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

EQ Boötis 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 3.62 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 3.67. 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 EQ Boötis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.25000 which gave the calculated distance to EQ Boötis as 352.61 light years away from Earth or 108.11 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 2,072,862,092,838,272.72, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 9.45000 which put EQ Boötis at a distance of 345.15 light years or 105.82 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 21,826,789.71 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 7,354.00 Parsecs or 23,986.05 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 EQ 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)
Airbus A380736314,488,219.43
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269301,671,681.64
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54150,835,644.23
New Horizons Probe33,0007,014,040.29
Speed of Light670,616,629.00345.15
EQ Boötis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.960 to a magnitude of 8.890 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.4 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 EQ Boötis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameEQ Bootis
Alternative NamesHD 131317, HIP 72757, BD+18 2949, EQ Boo
Spectral TypeG5
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeVariable Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Age6.50 Billion Years Old
Age Range4.60 - 8.00 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude 3.62 / 3.67
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.79
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 52m 25.84
Declination (Dec.)+17° 57` 23.4
Galactic Latitude60.68564138 degrees
Galactic Longitude21.10614647 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth9.25000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 352.61 Light Years
 108.11 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth9.45000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 345.15 Light Years
 105.82 Parsecs
 21,826,789.71 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,986.05 Light Years / 7,354.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-10.26000 ± 1.44000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-32.56000 ± 1.63000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.72
Radial Velocity-1.20000 ± 1.10 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.1400 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7388.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)3.0900000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.362
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.890 - 8.960

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)1.83
Effective Temperature5,603 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.

Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
131317+18 2949.0A9.00000-51.00000-20.00000G5Yellow

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