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Rho Sagittarii, 44 Sagittarii, HD181577, HIP95168, HR7340

Rho Sagittarii is a blue to white subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Sagittarius. Rho Sagittarii is the brightest star in Sagittarius 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.

Rho Sagittarii is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR7340. HIP95168 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD181577. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 174. 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.

Location of Rho Sagittarii

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 Rho Sagittarii, the location is 19h 21m 40.38 and -17d 50` 50.1 .

Proper Motion of Rho Sagittarii

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 21.46 ± 0.12 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -25.87 ± 0.19 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Rho Sagittarii

Rho Sagittarii has a spectral type of F0III/IV. This means the star is a blue to white subgiant star. The star is 7365.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24021.9302856000000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.22 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,650 Kelvin.

Rho Sagittarii Radius has been calculated as being 3.26 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,270,150.00.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 3.40. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Rho Sagittarii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Rho Sagittarii has an apparent magnitude of 3.92 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 1.06 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.97. 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 Rho Sagittarii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 26.79 which gave the calculated distance to Rho Sagittarii as 121.75 light years away from Earth or 37.33 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 121.75 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 25.69 which put Rho Sagittarii at a distance of 126.96 light years or 38.93 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 7,365.00 Parsecs or 24,021.93 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.

Rho Sagittarii Facts

Alternative Names

Flamsteed Name44 Sagittarii
Flamsteed Short Name44 Sgr
Bayer DesignationRho Sagittarii
Hipparcos Library I.D.95168
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id7340
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-18 5322
Gould I.D.174
Henry Draper Designation181577

Visual Facts

Star Typesubgiant star
Absolute Magnitude1.06 / 0.97
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.92
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)19h 21m 40.38
Declination (Dec.)-17d 50` 50.1
Galactic Latitude-14.55 degrees
Galactic Longitude20.06 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth26.79 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 121.75 Light Years
 37.33 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth25.69 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 126.96 Light Years
 38.93 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,021.93 Light Years / 7,365.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.21.46 ± 0.12 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-25.87 ± 0.19 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.22
Radial Velocity1.20 ± 2.70 km/s
Spectral TypeF0III/IV
Colour(F) blue to white

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature7,650 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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