Rho Ursae Majoris is a red giant star that can be located in the constellation of UrsaMajor. Rho Ursae Majoris is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP44390 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD76827. Rho Ursae Majoris has alternative name(s), 8 Ursae Majoris , NSV_04344, 8 UMa.
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 Ursae Majoris, the location is 09h 02m 32.73 and +67d37`46.5 .
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 018.13 ± 000.17 towards the north and -022.83 ± 000.25 east if we saw them in the horizon.
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 10.0000000 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.
Rho Ursae Majoris has a spectral type of M3III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.54 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,913 Kelvin.
Rho Ursae Majoris has been calculated as 20.22 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 14,072,395.63.km.
Rho Ursae Majoris 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 0.01 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.18. 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 11.35 which gave the calculated distance to Rho Ursae Majoris as 287.37 light years away from Earth or 88.11 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 287.37 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 10.37 which put Rho Ursae Majoris at a distance of 314.53 light years or 96.43 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. Rho Ursae Majoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.000 to a magnitude of 5.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star.
|Short Name||NSV 04344, 8 UMa|
|Bayer Designation||Rho Ursae Majoris|
|Alternative Name(s)||8 Ursae Majoris|
|Hipparcos Library I.D.||44390|
|Bonner Durchmusterung||BD+68 551|
|Henry Draper Designation||76827|
|Star Type||giant star|
|Absolute Magnitude||0.01 / -0.18|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||09h 02m 32.73|
|1997 Distance from Earth||11.35 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|287.37 Light Years|
|2007 Revised Distance from Earth||10.37 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|314.53 Light Years|
|Proper Motion Dec.||18.13 ± 0.17 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||-22.83 ± 0.25 milliarcseconds/year|
|Radius (x the Sun)||20.22|
|Luminosity (x the Sun)||10.0000000|
|Calculated Effective Temperature||3,913 Kelvin|