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Omicron Capricorni B, 12 Capricorni B, HD195094, HIP101123, HR7830

Omicron Capricorni B is a blue main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Capricornus. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Omicron Capricorni B's Alternative Names

Omicron Capricorni B (Omi Cap) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR7830. HIP101123 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD195094.

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 12 Capricorni B with it shortened to 12 Cap B.

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-19 5831.

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

Location of Omicron Capricorni B

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 Omicron Capricorni B, the location is 20h 29m 53.89 and -18° 34` 58.7 .

Proper Motion of Omicron Capricorni B

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 -83.18 ± 2.27 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 31.70 ± 4.14 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 -12.40000 km/s with an error of about 1.30 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Omicron Capricorni B

Omicron Capricorni B has a spectral type of A1V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,345.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23,956.70 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.06 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 8,815 Kelvin.

Omicron Capricorni B Radius has been calculated as being 1.90 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,321,074.45.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 1.72. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Omicron Capricorni B Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Omicron Capricorni B has an apparent magnitude of 5.94 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 1.62 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.83. 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 Omicron Capricorni B

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 13.65 which gave the calculated distance to Omicron Capricorni B as 238.95 light years away from Earth or 73.26 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 238.95 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 15.07 which put Omicron Capricorni B at a distance of 216.43 light years or 66.36 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 7,345.00 Parsecs or 23,956.70 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameOmicron Capricorni B
Alternative NamesOmi Cap, HD 195094, HIP 101123, HR 7830, 12 Capricorni B, 12 Cap B, BD-19 5831
Spectral TypeA1V
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude1.62 / 1.83
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.94
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)20h 29m 53.89
Declination (Dec.)-18° 34` 58.7
Galactic Latitude-29.78 degrees
Galactic Longitude26.08 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth13.65 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 238.95 Light Years
 73.26 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth15.07 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 216.43 Light Years
 66.36 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,956.70 Light Years / 7,345.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-83.18 ± 2.27 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.31.70 ± 4.14 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.06
Radial Velocity-12.40 ± 1.30 km/s
Semi-Major Axis6413.00
Associated / Clustered StarsOmicron Capricorni

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature8,815 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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