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FF Leonis Facts

FF Leonis's Alternative Names

HIP53944 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

FF Leonis has alternative name(s) :- , FF Leo.

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+04 2410.

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

Location of FF Leonis

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 FF Leonis, the location is 11h 02m 15.82 and +04° 11` 57.2 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of FF Leonis

FF Leonis Colour and Temperature

FF Leonis has a spectral type of M5. This means the star is a red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.38 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,245 Kelvin.

FF Leonis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

FF Leonis has an apparent magnitude of 9.79 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 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 FF Leonis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -2.26 which gave the calculated distance to FF Leonis as -1443.20 light years away from Earth or -442.48 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -1443.20 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of FF Leonis

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. FF Leonis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.707 to a magnitude of 9.350 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 FF Leonis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameFF Leonis
Alternative NamesHIP 53944, BD+04 2410, FF Leo
Spectral TypeM5
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.79
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)11h 02m 15.82
Declination (Dec.)+04° 11` 57.2
Galactic Latitude55.30 degrees
Galactic Longitude249.48 degrees
Distance from Earth-2.26 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -1443.20 Light Years
 -442.48 Parsecs
 -91,267,415.51 Astronomical Units
B-V Index1.38

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 Days0.308
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)9.350 - 9.707

Estimated Calculated Facts

Effective Temperature 4,245 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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