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HD 102272

HD 102272 Facts

  • HD 102272 is a star that can be located in the constellation of Leo. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • HD 102272 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (K2) of the star, the star's colour is orange to red .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • HD 102272 has at least 2 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 795.52 light years away from us. Distance

HD 102272's Alternative Names

HIP57428 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD102272.

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+14 2434.

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

Location of HD 102272

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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For HD 102272, the location is 11h 46m 23.54 and +14° 07` 26.3 .

Proper Motion of HD 102272

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 6.21 ± 0.57 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -6.54 ± 0.97 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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 HD 102272

HD 102272 Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of K2 , HD 102272's colour and type is orange to red star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.02 which means the star's temperature is about 4,929 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

HD 102272 Radius

HD 102272 estimated radius has been calculated as being 8.50 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 5,913,729.51.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 5.7196386053419306003413803916. 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.

HD 102272 Mass

The HD 102272's solar mass is 1.90 times that of our star, the Sun. The Sun's Mass is 1,989,100,000,000,000,000,000 billion kg. which to calculate using this website is too large. To give idea of size, the Sun is 99.86% the mass of the solar system.

HD 102272 Metalicity

The star's metallicity is 0.260000, this value is the fractional amount of the star that is not Hydrogen (X) or Helium (Y). An older star would have a high metallicity whereas a new star would have a lower one.

HD 102272 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 102272 has an apparent magnitude of 8.69 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 0.89 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.75. 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 HD 102272

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.76000 which gave the calculated distance to HD 102272 as 1181.75 light years away from Earth or 362.32 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 6,947,065,534,759,731.12, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 4.10000 which put HD 102272 at a distance of 795.52 light years or 243.90 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 50,307,635.70 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.

Travel Time to HD 102272

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)
Walking4133,372,235,175.52
Car1204,445,741,172.52
Airbus A380736724,849,104.21
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269695,308,869.12
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54347,653,981.46
New Horizons Probe33,00016,166,331.54
Speed of Light670,616,629.00795.52

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 HD 102272 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 102272
Alternative NamesHD 102272, HIP 57428, BD+14 2434
Spectral TypeK2
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationLeo
Metalicity0.2600
Absolute Magnitude 0.89 / 1.75
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.69
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)11h 46m 23.54
Declination (Dec.)+14° 07` 26.3
Galactic Latitude70.02216614 degrees
Galactic Longitude250.29379816 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.76000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1181.75 Light Years
 362.32 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.10000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 795.52 Light Years
 243.90 Parsecs
 50,307,635.70 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.6.21000 ± 0.57000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-6.54000 ± 0.97000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.02

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet Count2

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)5.72
Effective Temperature4,929 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun1.90

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting HD 102272


NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
HD 102272 bConfirmed0.2127.5800.0520080.614118.000
HD 102272 cConfirmed0.4520.0000.6820081.57320.000

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