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HD 129445, HIP72203

HD 129445 is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Circinus. HD 129445 is the brightest star in Circinus 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 10.10 Billion of Years but could be as young as 7.60 to 12.60 according to Hipparcos.

HIP72203 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD129445. HD 129445 has at least 1 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.

Location of HD 129445

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 129445, the location is 14h 46m 03.38 and -68d45`45.4 .

Proper Motion of HD 129445

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 -58.57 ± 0.85 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -198.45 ± 1.10 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Metallicity, Age, Mass, Radius) of HD 129445

HD 129445 has a spectral type of G6V. This means the star is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7356.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23992.5755846400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.75 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,418 Kelvin.

HD 129445 Radius has been calculated as being 1.25 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 866,291.75.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.21. 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 0.99 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 0.250000, 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 10.10 Billion years old but could be between 7.60 and 12.60 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

HD 129445 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 129445 has an apparent magnitude of 8.80 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 4.65 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.72. 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 129445

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 14.79 which gave the calculated distance to HD 129445 as 220.53 light years away from Earth or 67.61 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 220.53 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 15.26 which put HD 129445 at a distance of 213.74 light years or 65.53 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 7,356.00 Parsecs or 23,992.58 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 129445 Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameHD 129445
Hipparcos Library I.D.72203
Henry Draper Designation129445

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Age10.10 Billion Years Old
Age Range7.60 - 12.60 Billion Years Old
Metalicity0.2500
Absolute Magnitude4.65 / 4.72
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.80
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 46m 03.38
Declination (Dec.)-68d45`45.4
Galactic Latitude-8.17 degrees
Galactic Longitude313.04 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth14.79 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 220.53 Light Years
 67.61 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth15.26 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 213.74 Light Years
 65.53 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,992.58 Light Years / 7,356.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-58.57 ± 0.85 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-198.45 ± 1.10 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.75
Radial Velocity7.90 ± 0.30 km/s
Iron Abundance0.33 ± 0.08 Fe/H
Spectral TypeG6V
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count1

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,418 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun0.99
Metallicity0.25000

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars


List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting HD 129445


NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
Hd 129445 BConfirmed1.61840.0000.720102.9163.000

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