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Cervantes, Mu Arae, HD160691, HIP86796, HR6585

Cervantes (Mu Arae) is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Ara. Cervantes is the brightest star in Ara based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it. It is calculated at being 6.410 Billion Years old. This information comes from ExoPlanet.

Mu Arae is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6585. HIP86796 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD160691. The Gliese ID of the star is Gliese GL691. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Ref : Star Names. Cervantes has at least 4 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.

Location of Cervantes

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 Cervantes, the location is 17h 44m 08.72 and -51d50`00.9 .

Proper Motion of Cervantes

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 -190.60 ± 0.20 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -16.85 ± 0.31 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Metallicity, Age, Mass, Radius) of Cervantes

Cervantes has a spectral type of G5V. This means the star is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7386.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24090.4245878400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.69 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,594 Kelvin.

Cervantes Radius has been calculated as being 1.44 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 999,773.62.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.46. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's solar mass is 1.08 times that of the Sun's. The Sun's Mass is 1,989,100,000,000,000,000,000 billion kg. which to calculate using this website is too large. To give idea of size, the Sun is 99.86% the mass of the solar system.

The star's metallicity is 0.280000, this value is the fractional amount of the star that is not Hydrogen (X) or Helium (Y). An older star would have a high metallicity whereas a new star would have a lower one.

The star is believed to be about 6.41 Billion years old. To put in context, the Sun is believed to be about five billion years old and the Universe is about 13.8 billion years old.

Cervantes Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Cervantes has an apparent magnitude of 5.12 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 4.20 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.17. 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 Cervantes

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 65.46 which gave the calculated distance to Cervantes as 49.83 light years away from Earth or 15.28 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 49.83 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 64.47 which put Cervantes at a distance of 50.59 light years or 15.51 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 7,386.00 Parsecs or 24,090.42 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.

Cervantes Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameCervantes
Bayer DesignationMu Arae
Hipparcos Library I.D.86796
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id6585
Gliese ID691
Henry Draper Designation160691

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Age6.41 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude4.20 / 4.17
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.12
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 44m 08.72
Declination (Dec.)-51d50`00.9
Galactic Latitude-11.50 degrees
Galactic Longitude340.06 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth65.46 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 49.83 Light Years
 15.28 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth64.47 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 50.59 Light Years
 15.51 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,090.42 Light Years / 7,386.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-190.60 ± 0.20 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-16.85 ± 0.31 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.69
Radial Velocity-9.36 ± 0.00 km/s
Iron Abundance0.27 ± 0.01 Fe/H
Spectral TypeG5V
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count4

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,594 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun1.08

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting Cervantes

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
Mu Ara BConfirmed1.676643.2500.12820001.522.000
Mu Ara CConfirmed0.033219.6390.17220040.09094213.000
Mu Ara DConfirmed0.5219310.5500.066620040.921190.000
Mu Ara EConfirmed1.8144205.8000.098520065.23558.000

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