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Rho Serpentis - HD141992 - HIP77661

Rho Serpentis is a orange to red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Serpens. Rho Serpentis is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP77661 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD141992. Rho Serpentis has alternative name(s), 38 Serpentis , 38 Ser.

Location of Rho Serpentis

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 Serpentis, the location is 15h 51m 15.94 and +20d58`40.4 .

Proper Motion of Rho Serpentis

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 018.87 ± 000.21 towards the north and -053.32 ± 000.30 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Rho Serpentis Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 32.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

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

Rho Serpentis has a spectral type of K5III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.53 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,933 Kelvin.

Rho Serpentis has been calculated as 27.51 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 19,140,206.25.km.

Rho Serpentis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Rho Serpentis has an apparent magnitude of 4.74 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 -0.68 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.56. 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 Serpentis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 8.26 which gave the calculated distance to Rho Serpentis as 394.87 light years away from Earth or 121.07 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 394.87 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 8.70 which put Rho Serpentis at a distance of 374.90 light years or 114.94 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.

Rho Serpentis Facts

Alternative Names

Short Name38 Ser
Bayer DesignationRho Serpentis
Alternative Name(s)38 Serpentis
Hipparcos Library I.D.77661
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+21 2829
Henry Draper Designation141992

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude-0.68 / -0.56
Apparent Magnitude4.74
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 51m 15.94
Declination (Dec.)+20d58`40.4
1997 Distance from Earth8.26 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 394.87 Light Years
 121.07 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth8.70 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 374.90 Light Years
 114.94 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.18.87 ± 0.21 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-53.32 ± 0.30 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.53
Spectral TypeK5III
Colour(K) Orange to Red

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)27.51
Luminosity (x the Sun)32.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature3,933 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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