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HD 108874, HIP61028

HD 108874 is a white to yellow star that can be located in the constellation of ComaBerenices. HD 108874 is the brightest star in Coma Berenices based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it. The star has an estimated age of 12.90 Billion of Years but could be as young as 9.50 to 15.80 according to Hipparcos.

HIP61028 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD108874. HD 108874 has at least 2 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.

Location of HD 108874

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 HD 108874, the location is 12h 30m 26.80 and +22d52`48.2 .

Proper Motion of HD 108874

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 -89.47 ± 0.64 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 127.11 ± 1.07 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Metallicity, Age, Mass, Radius) of HD 108874

HD 108874 has a spectral type of G5. This means the star is a white to yellow star. The star is 7402.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24142.6107228800000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.73 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,581 Kelvin.

HD 108874 Radius has been calculated as being 1.21 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 843,177.13.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.11. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's solar mass is 1.00 times that of the Sun's. 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.

The star's metallicity is 0.140000, 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.

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 12.90 Billion years old but could be between 9.50 and 15.80 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old. The reported age is older than the widely recognised age of the Universe so a little scepticism about the age is warranted.

HD 108874 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 108874 has an apparent magnitude of 8.76 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 4.58 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.78. 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 108874

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 14.59 which gave the calculated distance to HD 108874 as 223.55 light years away from Earth or 68.54 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 223.55 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 15.97 which put HD 108874 at a distance of 204.24 light years or 62.62 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 7,402.00 Parsecs or 24,142.61 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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.

HD 108874 Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameHD 108874
Hipparcos Library I.D.61028
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+23 2466
Henry Draper Designation108874

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Age12.90 Billion Years Old
Age Range9.50 - 15.80 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude4.58 / 4.78
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.76
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 30m 26.80
Declination (Dec.)+22d52`48.2
Galactic Latitude83.62 degrees
Galactic Longitude253.57 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth14.59 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 223.55 Light Years
 68.54 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth15.97 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 204.24 Light Years
 62.62 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,142.61 Light Years / 7,402.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-89.47 ± 0.64 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.127.11 ± 1.07 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.73
Radial Velocity-30.08 ± 0.09 km/s
Iron Abundance0.21 ± 0.01 Fe/H
Spectral TypeG5
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count2

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,581 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun1.00

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting HD 108874

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
Hd 108874 BConfirmed1.36395.4000.0720031.051248.000
Hd 108874 CConfirmed1.0181605.8000.2520052.6817.000

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