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HD 204941, HIP106353

HD 204941 is a orange to red main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Capricornus. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it. It is calculated at being 6.670 Billion Years old. This information comes from ExoPlanet.

HIP106353 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD204941. HD 204941 has at least 1 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.

Location of HD 204941

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 204941, the location is 21h 32m 23.68 and -20d 57` 25.6 .

Proper Motion of HD 204941

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 -125.28 ± 0.66 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -279.35 ± 1.05 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Age, Mass, Radius) of HD 204941

HD 204941 has a spectral type of K1/K2V. This means the star is a orange to red main sequence dwarf 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 0.87 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,118 Kelvin.

HD 204941 Radius has been calculated as being 0.65 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 454,072.73.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 0.65. 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 0.74 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 -0.190000, 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 star is believed to be about 6.67 Billion years old. To put in context, the Sun is believed to be about five billion years old and the Universe is about 13.8 billion years old.

HD 204941 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 204941 has an apparent magnitude of 8.45 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 6.30 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 6.30. 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 204941

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 37.10 which gave the calculated distance to HD 204941 as 87.91 light years away from Earth or 26.95 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 87.91 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 37.17 which put HD 204941 at a distance of 87.75 light years or 26.90 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.

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*.

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 204941 Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameHD 204941
Hipparcos Library I.D.106353
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-21 6035
Henry Draper Designation204941

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Age6.67 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude6.30 / 6.30
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.45
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)21h 32m 23.68
Declination (Dec.)-20d 57` 25.6
Galactic Latitude-44.42 degrees
Galactic Longitude29.46 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth37.10 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 87.91 Light Years
 26.95 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth37.17 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 87.75 Light Years
 26.90 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,080.64 Light Years / 7,383.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-125.28 ± 0.66 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-279.35 ± 1.05 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.87
Radial Velocity40.00 ± 14.90 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.16 ± 0.03 Fe/H
Spectral TypeK1/K2V
Colour(K) Orange to Red

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count1

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,118 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun0.74

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting HD 204941

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastronInclination
HD 204941 bConfirmed0.0320001733.0000.3720112.56228.0002011.000

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