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Omega Leonis - HD81858 - HIP46454

Omega Leonis is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Leo. Omega Leonis is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP46454 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD81858. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 2. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major. Omega Leonis has alternative name(s), 2 Leonis , 2 Leo. Omega Leonis is a multiple star system with 2 stars orbiting in its solar system.

Location of Omega Leonis

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 Omega Leonis, the location is 09h 28m 27.38 and +09d03`24.4 .

Proper Motion of Omega Leonis

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 005.78 ± 000.71 towards the north and 036.98 ± 001.45 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Omega Leonis

Omega Leonis has a spectral type of F9V. This means the star is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.6 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,895 Kelvin.

Omega Leonis has been calculated as 2.56 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,779,891.41.km.

Omega Leonis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Omega Leonis has an apparent magnitude of 5.40 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 2.72 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.80. 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 Omega Leonis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 29.05 which gave the calculated distance to Omega Leonis as 112.28 light years away from Earth or 34.42 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 112.28 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 30.15 which put Omega Leonis at a distance of 108.18 light years or 33.17 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.

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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

Omega Leonis Facts

Alternative Names

Short Name2 Leo
Bayer DesignationOmega Leonis
Alternative Name(s)2 Leonis
Hipparcos Library I.D.46454
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+09 2188
Gould I.D.2
Henry Draper Designation81858

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Absolute Magnitude2.72 / 2.80
Apparent Magnitude5.40
Right Ascension (R.A.)09h 28m 27.38
Declination (Dec.)+09d03`24.4
1997 Distance from Earth29.05 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 112.28 Light Years
 34.42 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth30.15 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 108.18 Light Years
 33.17 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.5.78 ± 0.71 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.36.98 ± 1.45 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.60
Spectral TypeF9V
Colour(F) blue to white
Stars in Solar System2

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)2.56
Calculated Effective Temperature5,895 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.

Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
81858+09 2188.0A5.9000059.00000-21.00000G0Yellow

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