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Minchir, Sigma Hydrae, 5 Hydrae, HD73471, HIP42402, HR3418

Minchir Location in Hydra

Primary Facts on Minchir

  • Minchir's star type is giant star that can be located in the constellation of Hydra. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Minchir is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (K2III) of the star, the star's colour is orange to red .
  • Sigma Hydrae is the Bayer name for the star. It was assigned this name by Johann Bayer in 1603. The closer to the start of the Greek Alphabet the name, the brighter the star is. Alpha stars tend to be the brightest in the constellation. A notable exception is Pollux (Beta Geminorum) which is the brighest star in the Gemini constellation.
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 372.76 light years away from us.

Minchir's Alternative Names

Sigma Hydrae (Sig Hya) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR3418. HIP42402 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD73471.

Minchir has alternative name(s) :- Al Minliar al Shuja.

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 5 Hydrae with it shortened to 5 Hya.

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 42 G. Hydrae. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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+03 2026.

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

Location of Minchir

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 Minchir, the location is 08h 38m 45.45 and +03° 20` 29.3 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Minchir

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 -15.92 ± 0.13 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -19.48 ± 0.25 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 the Sun is 27.28 km/s with an error of about 0.19 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

Minchir 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 329.26 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 Minchir

Minchir has a spectral type of K2III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star is 7,476.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or in terms of Light Years is 24,383.97 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.21 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,472 Kelvin.

Minchir Radius has been calculated as being 21.67 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 15,079,651.65.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 22.90. 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 0.09 with an error value of 0.04 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Minchir Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Minchir has an apparent magnitude of 4.45 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 -0.72 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.84. 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 Minchir

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.25 which gave the calculated distance to Minchir as 352.61 light years away from Earth or 108.11 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 352.61 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 8.75 which put Minchir at a distance of 372.76 light years or 114.29 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 23,573,840.44 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,476.00 Parsecs or 24,383.97 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Meteor Showers Radiating from near Minchir

The Sigma Hydrids Meteor Shower radiants from a point near this star. The meteor shower runs typically between Dec 03 - Dec 15 with a peak date of Dec 12. The speed of a meteor in the shower is 59 Km/s. The amount of meteors predicted to be seen per hour (Zenith Hourly Rate) is 59.

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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Additional Minchir Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameMinchir
Alternative NamesSigma Hydrae, Sig Hya, Al Minliar al Shuja, HD 73471, HIP 42402, HR 3418, 42 G. Hydrae, 5 Hydrae, 5 Hya, BD+03 2026
Spectral TypeK2III
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour orange to red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -0.72 / -0.84
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.45
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)08h 38m 45.45
Declination (Dec.)+03° 20` 29.3
Galactic Latitude25.31 degrees
Galactic Longitude222.71 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth9.25 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 352.61 Light Years
 108.11 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth8.75 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 372.76 Light Years
 114.29 Parsecs
 23,573,840.44 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,383.97 Light Years / 7,476.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-15.92 ± 0.13 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-19.48 ± 0.25 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.21
Radial Velocity27.28 ± 0.19 km/s
Iron Abundance0.09 ± 0.04 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7025.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)329.26

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature4,472 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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