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Ruchbah, Delta Cassiopeiae, 37 Cassiopeiae, HD8538, HIP6686, HR403

Ruchbah Location in Cassiopeia

Primary Facts on Ruchbah

  • Ruchbah's star type is main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Cassiopeia. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Ruchbah is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (A5Vv SB) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • Delta Cassiopeiae is the Bayer name for the star. It was assigned this name by Johann Bayer in 1603. The closer to the start of the Greek Alphabet the name, the brighter the star is. Alpha stars tend to be the brightest in the constellation. A notable exception is Pollux (Beta Geminorum) which is the brighest star in the Gemini constellation.
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • The star is calculated at being about 99.41 light years away from us.

Ruchbah's Alternative Names

Delta Cassiopeiae (Del Cas) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR403. HIP6686 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD8538. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 58.1. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Star Names

Ruchbah has alternative name(s) :- Ksora.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 37 Cassiopeiae with it shortened to 37 Cas.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD+59 248.

More details on star alternative names can be found at Star Names .

Location of Ruchbah

The location of the star in the night sky 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 Ruchbah, the location is 01h 25m 48.60 and +60° 14` 07.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Ruchbah

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 -49.22 ± 0.08 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 296.57 ± 0.14 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 the Sun is 6.70 km/s with an error of about 1.78 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

Ruchbah 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 66.92 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Ruchbah

Ruchbah has a spectral type of A5Vv SB. This means the star is a blue main sequence star. The star is 7,418.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or in terms of Light Years is 24,194.80 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.16 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 8,017 Kelvin.

Ruchbah Radius has been calculated as being 4.33 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,015,516.48.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Ruchbah Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Ruchbah has an apparent magnitude of 2.66 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.24 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 Ruchbah

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 32.81 which gave the calculated distance to Ruchbah as 99.41 light years away from Earth or 30.48 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 99.41 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,418.00 Parsecs or 24,194.80 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.

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Additional Ruchbah Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameRuchbah
Alternative NamesDelta Cassiopeiae, Del Cas, Ksora, HD 8538, HIP 6686, HR 403, 37 Cassiopeiae, 37 Cas, BD+59 248, Gliese 58.1
Spectral TypeA5Vv SB
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 0.24
Visual / Apparent Magnitude2.66
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)01h 25m 48.60
Declination (Dec.)+60° 14` 07.5
Galactic Latitude-2.35 degrees
Galactic Longitude127.19 degrees
Distance from Earth32.81 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 99.41 Light Years
 30.48 Parsecs
 6,286,907.49 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,194.80 Light Years / 7,418.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-49.22 ± 0.08 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.296.57 ± 0.14 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.16
Radial Velocity6.70 ± 1.78 km/s
Semi-Major Axis7052.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)66.92

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature8,017 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.

Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
8538+59 248.0A2.80000302.00000-45.00000A5White

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