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Pi Coronae Borealis, 9 Coronae Borealis, HD140716, HIP77048, HR5855

Pi Coronae Borealis is a white to yellow giant star that can be located in the constellation of CoronaBorealis. Pi Coronae Borealis is the brightest star in Corona Borealis 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.

Pi Coronae Borealis is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR5855. HIP77048 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD140716.

Location of Pi Coronae Borealis

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 Pi Coronae Borealis, the location is 15h 43m 59.32 and +32d 30` 57.0 .

Proper Motion of Pi Coronae Borealis

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 -8.85 ± 0.15 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -29.92 ± 0.21 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Pi Coronae Borealis

Pi Coronae Borealis has a spectral type of G9III:. This means the star is a white to yellow giant star. The star is 7372.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24044.7617196800000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.07 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,718 Kelvin.

Pi Coronae Borealis Radius has been calculated as being 8.19 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 5,699,812.49.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 8.01. 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 -0.06 with an error value of 0.06 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Pi Coronae Borealis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Pi Coronae Borealis has an apparent magnitude of 5.57 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 1.16 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.21. 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 Pi Coronae Borealis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 13.11 which gave the calculated distance to Pi Coronae Borealis as 248.79 light years away from Earth or 76.28 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 248.79 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 13.40 which put Pi Coronae Borealis at a distance of 243.41 light years or 74.63 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 7,372.00 Parsecs or 24,044.76 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.

Pi Coronae Borealis Facts

Alternative Names

Flamsteed Name9 Coronae Borealis
Flamsteed Short Name9 CrB
Bayer DesignationPi Coronae Borealis
Hipparcos Library I.D.77048
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id5855
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+32 2621
Henry Draper Designation140716

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
ConstellationCorona Borealis
Absolute Magnitude1.16 / 1.21
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.57
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 43m 59.32
Declination (Dec.)+32d 30` 57.0
Galactic Latitude52.44 degrees
Galactic Longitude51.87 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth13.11 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 248.79 Light Years
 76.28 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth13.40 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 243.41 Light Years
 74.63 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,044.76 Light Years / 7,372.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-8.85 ± 0.15 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-29.92 ± 0.21 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.07
Radial Velocity-3.80 ± 2.90 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.06 ± 0.06 Fe/H
Spectral TypeG9III:
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature4,718 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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