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RS Capricorni, HD200994, HIP104252

RS Capricorni is a red pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Capricornus. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

HIP104252 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD200994.

RS Capricorni has alternative name(s), RS Cap.

Location of RS Capricorni

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 RS Capricorni, the location is 21h 07m 15.43 and -16d 25` 21.2 .

Proper Motion of RS Capricorni

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 -28.22 ± 0.43 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 4.05 ± 0.86 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 -10.60000 km/s with an error of about 0.60 km/s .

RS Capricorni 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 3.0000000 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 RS Capricorni

RS Capricorni has a spectral type of M6/M7III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.27 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,372 Kelvin. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

RS Capricorni Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

RS Capricorni has an apparent magnitude of 8.35 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.15. 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 RS Capricorni

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.78 which gave the calculated distance to RS Capricorni as -4181.58 light years away from Earth or -1282.05 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -4181.58 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 1.26 which put RS Capricorni at a distance of 2588.60 light years or 793.65 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.

Variable Type of RS Capricorni

The star is a pulsating Semiregular late- (M, C, S or Me, Ce, Se) giants with poorly defined periodicity variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. RS Capricorni brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.809 to a magnitude of 7.126 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.4 days (variability).

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.

RS Capricorni Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameRS Capricorni
Short NameRS Cap
Hipparcos Library I.D.104252
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-17 6181
Henry Draper Designation200994

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.35
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)21h 07m 15.43
Declination (Dec.)-16d 25` 21.2
Galactic Latitude-37.28 degrees
Galactic Longitude32.40 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-0.78 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -4181.58 Light Years
 -1282.05 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth1.26 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2588.60 Light Years
 793.65 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-28.22 ± 0.43 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.4.05 ± 0.86 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.27
Radial Velocity-10.60 ± 0.60 km/s
Spectral TypeM6/M7III
Colour(M) Red

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemiregular late- (M, C, S or Me, Ce, Se) giants with poorly defined periodicity
Mean Variability Period in Days0.442
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.126 - 7.809

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)3.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature4,372 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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