HIP60867 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD108629.
IX Comae Berenices has alternative name(s) :- , IX Com.
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+30 2279.
More details on objects' alternative names can be found at Star Names .
The location of the giant 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 IX Comae Berenices, the location is 12h 28m 32.71 and +29° 35` 23.7 .
IX Comae Berenices has a spectral type of M0III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.64 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,671 Kelvin.
Radius has been calculated as being 100.78 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 70,121,383.69.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -1.05 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.
IX Comae Berenices has an apparent magnitude of 8.58 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.20 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.44 which gave the calculated distance to IX Comae Berenices as 7412.80 light years away from Earth or 2272.73 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 7412.80 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.
The star is a pulsating Semi-Regular Star w variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. IX Comae Berenices brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.747 to a magnitude of 8.595 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 days (variability).
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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||IX Comae Berenices|
|Alternative Names||HD 108629, HIP 60867, BD+30 2279, IX Com|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Star Type||Giant Star|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||8.58|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||12h 28m 32.71|
|Declination (Dec.)||+29° 35` 23.7|
|Galactic Latitude||84.40 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||185.54 degrees|
|Distance from Earth||0.44 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|7412.80 Light Years|
|468,780,946.59 Astronomical Units|
|Radial Velocity||-28.04 ± 0.84 km/s|
|Iron Abundance||-1.05 ± 9.99 Fe/H|
|Variable Star Class||Pulsating|
|Variable Star Type||Semi-Regular Star w|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||0.123|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||8.595 - 8.747|
|Radius (x the Sun)||100.78|
|Effective Temperature||3,671 Kelvin|
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