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Kappa Serpentis, 35 Serpentis, HD141477, HIP77450, HR5879

Kappa Serpentis is a red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Serpens. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Kappa Serpentis's Alternative Names

Kappa Serpentis is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR5879. HIP77450 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD141477.

Kappa Serpentis has alternative name(s) :- , NSV 07269.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 35 Serpentis with it shortened to 35 Ser.

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+18 3074.

More details on star alternative names can be found at Star Names.

Location of Kappa Serpentis

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 Kappa Serpentis, the location is 15h 48m 44.41 and +18° 08` 30.4 .

Proper Motion of Kappa Serpentis

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 -88.10 ± 0.19 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -51.88 ± 0.23 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards us is -38.48000 km/s with an error of about 0.14 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Kappa Serpentis

Kappa Serpentis has a spectral type of M1III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7333.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23917.5580155200000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.61 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,754 Kelvin.

Kappa Serpentis Radius has been calculated as being 35.80 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 24,912,057.75.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 39.26. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Kappa Serpentis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Kappa Serpentis has an apparent magnitude of 4.09 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 -1.05 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.25. 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 Kappa Serpentis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.36 which gave the calculated distance to Kappa Serpentis as 348.47 light years away from Earth or 106.84 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 348.47 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 8.54 which put Kappa Serpentis at a distance of 381.92 light years or 117.10 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 7,333.00 Parsecs or 23,917.56 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*. Kappa Serpentis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.213 to a magnitude of 4.173 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 days (variability).

Meteor Showers Radiating from near Kappa Serpentis

The Kappa Serpentids Meteor Shower radiants from a point near this star. The meteor shower runs typically between 1 Apr- 7 Apr with a peak date of 05-Apr. The speed of a meteor in the shower is 47 Km/s. The amount of meteors predicted to be seen per hour (Zenith Hourly Rate) is 47.

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.

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Kappa Serpentis Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 141477, HIP 77450, HR 5879, 35 Serpentis, 35 Ser, BD+18 3074, NSV 07269
Star TypeGiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude-1.05 / -1.25
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.09
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 48m 44.41
Declination (Dec.)+18° 08` 30.4
Galactic Latitude48.33 degrees
Galactic Longitude30.10 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth9.36 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 348.47 Light Years
 106.84 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth8.54 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 381.92 Light Years
 117.10 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,917.56 Light Years / 7,333.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-88.10 ± 0.19 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-51.88 ± 0.23 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.61
Radial Velocity-38.48 ± 0.14 km/s
Semi-Major Axis4695.00
Spectral TypeM1III
Colour(M) Red

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.025
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.173 - 4.213

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature3,754 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Location of Kappa Serpentis in Serpens

Kappa Serpentis (Kappa Serpentis) Location in Serpens

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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