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IL Comae Berenices - HD108102 - HIP60582

IL Comae Berenices is a blue to white star that can be located in the constellation of ComaBerenices. HIP60582 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD108102.

Location of IL 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 IL Comae Berenices, the location is 12h 25m 02.26 and +25d33`38.5 .

Proper Motion of IL 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 -007.99 ± 000.58 towards the north and -011.32 ± 000.92 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of IL Comae Berenices

IL Comae Berenices has a spectral type of F8.... This means the star is a blue to white star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.53 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,040 Kelvin.

IL Comae Berenices has been calculated as 2.17 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,511,070.74.km.

IL Comae Berenices Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

IL Comae Berenices has an apparent magnitude of 8.12 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 2.97 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 3.23. 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 IL Comae Berenices

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.34 which gave the calculated distance to IL Comae Berenices as 349.21 light years away from Earth or 107.07 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 349.21 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 10.51 which put IL Comae Berenices at a distance of 310.34 light years or 95.15 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.

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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

IL Comae Berenices Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional NameIL Comae Berenices
Hipparcos Library I.D.60582
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+26 2347
Henry Draper Designation108102

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude2.97 / 3.23
Apparent Magnitude8.12
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 25m 02.26
Declination (Dec.)+25d33`38.5
1997 Distance from Earth9.34 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 349.21 Light Years
 107.07 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth10.51 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 310.34 Light Years
 95.15 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-7.99 ± 0.58 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-11.32 ± 0.92 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.53
Spectral TypeF8...
Colour(F) blue to white

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)2.17
Calculated Effective Temperature6,040 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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