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Lalande 21185, HD95735, HIP54035

Lalande 21185 is a red main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of UrsaMajor. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it. Lalande 21185 has at least 1 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.

Lalande 21185's Alternative Names

HIP54035 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD95735. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 411. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Star Names

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+36 2147.

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

Location of Lalande 21185

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Lalande 21185, the location is 11h 03m 20.61 and +35° 58` 53.3 .

Proper Motion of Lalande 21185

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 -4,765.85 ± 0.44 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -580.27 ± 0.67 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 -84.69000 km/s with an error of about 0.10 km/s .

Lalande 21185 Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 0.02 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Lalande 21185

Lalande 21185 has a spectral type of M2V. This means the star is a red main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,401.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,139.35 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.5 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,989 Kelvin.

Lalande 21185 Radius has been calculated as being 0.16 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 110,041.64.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 0.16. 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 -0.30 with an error value of 0.05 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Lalande 21185 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Lalande 21185 has an apparent magnitude of 7.49 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 10.46 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 10.46. 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 Lalande 21185

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 392.40 which gave the calculated distance to Lalande 21185 as 8.31 light years away from Earth or 2.55 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 8.31 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 392.64 which put Lalande 21185 at a distance of 8.31 light years or 2.55 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 7,401.00 Parsecs or 24,139.35 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.

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 Lalande 21185
Alternative NamesHD 95735, HIP 54035, BD+36 2147, Gliese 411
Spectral TypeM2V
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationUrsa Major
Absolute Magnitude10.46 / 10.46
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.49
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)11h 03m 20.61
Declination (Dec.)+35° 58` 53.3
Galactic Latitude65.43 degrees
Galactic Longitude185.09 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth392.40 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 8.31 Light Years
 2.55 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth392.64 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 8.31 Light Years
 2.55 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,139.35 Light Years / 7,401.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-4765.85 ± 0.44 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-580.27 ± 0.67 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.50
Radial Velocity-84.69 ± 0.10 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.30 ± 0.05 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.34
Semi-Major Axis6036.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)0.02

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet Count1

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature3,989 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting Lalande 21185


NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastronInclination
Lalande 21185 bConfirmed9.86920172017.000

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