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FS Comae Berenices, 40 Comae Berenices, HD113866, HIP63950, HR4949

FS Comae Berenices is a red pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of ComaBerenices. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

FS Comae Berenices's Alternative Names

FS Comae Berenices is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR4949. HIP63950 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD113866. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 499.1. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Ref : Star Names.

FS Comae Berenices has alternative name(s) :- , FS Com.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 40 Comae Berenices with it shortened to 40 Com.

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+23 2538.

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

Location of FS Comae Berenices

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 FS Comae Berenices, the location is 13h 06m 22.58 and +22° 36` 58.6 .

Proper Motion of FS Comae Berenices

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 -42.30 ± 0.29 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 27.36 ± 0.41 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 -5.15000 km/s with an error of about 0.18 km/s .

FS Comae Berenices 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 687.2400000 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of FS Comae Berenices

FS Comae Berenices has a spectral type of M5III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7383.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24080.6396875200000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.46 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,059 Kelvin.

FS Comae Berenices Radius has been calculated as being 25.95 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 18,053,295.95.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 33.43. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

FS Comae Berenices Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

FS Comae Berenices has an apparent magnitude of 5.53 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 -0.69 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.24. 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 FS Comae Berenices

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 5.70 which gave the calculated distance to FS Comae Berenices as 572.22 light years away from Earth or 175.44 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 572.22 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 4.43 which put FS Comae Berenices at a distance of 736.26 light years or 225.73 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,383.00 Parsecs or 24,080.64 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of FS Comae Berenices

The star is a pulsating Semiregular late- (M, C, S or Me, Ce, Se) giants with poorly defined periodicity 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. FS Comae Berenices brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.611 to a magnitude of 5.320 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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FS Comae Berenices Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 113866, HIP 63950, HR 4949, 40 Comae Berenices, 40 Com, BD+23 2538, Gliese 499.1, FS Com
Star TypeGiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationComa Berenices
Absolute Magnitude-0.69 / -1.24
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.53
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 06m 22.58
Declination (Dec.)+22° 36` 58.6
Galactic Latitude84.36 degrees
Galactic Longitude340.64 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth5.70 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 572.22 Light Years
 175.44 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth4.43 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 736.26 Light Years
 225.73 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,080.64 Light Years / 7,383.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-42.30 ± 0.29 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.27.36 ± 0.41 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.46
Radial Velocity-5.15 ± 0.18 km/s
Semi-Major Axis7486.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)687.24
Spectral TypeM5III
Colour(M) Red

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemiregular late- (M, C, S or Me, Ce, Se) giants with poorly defined periodicity
Mean Variability Period in Days0.282
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.320 - 5.611

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature4,059 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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