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S Coronae Borealis, HD136753, HIP75143

S Coronae Borealis is a red pulsating star that can be located in the constellation of CoronaBorealis. S Coronae Borealis is the brightest star in Corona Borealis based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

HIP75143 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD136753.

S Coronae Borealis has alternative name(s), S CrB.

Location of S Coronae Borealis

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 S Coronae Borealis, the location is 15h 21m 23.96 and +31d 22` 02.7 .

Proper Motion of S Coronae Borealis

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 -13.03 ± 0.78 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -7.73 ± 1.19 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of S Coronae Borealis

S Coronae Borealis has a spectral type of M6e-M8e. This means the star is a red star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.96 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,060 Kelvin.

S Coronae Borealis Radius has been calculated as being 15.23 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 10,594,771.81.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 15.58. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

S Coronae Borealis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

S Coronae Borealis has an apparent magnitude of 8.12 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 -0.49 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.54. 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 S Coronae Borealis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.90 which gave the calculated distance to S Coronae Borealis as 1716.65 light years away from Earth or 526.32 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1716.65 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 1.85 which put S Coronae Borealis at a distance of 1763.05 light years or 540.54 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 S Coronae Borealis

The star is a pulsating Omicron Ceti 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. S Coronae Borealis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 10.555 to a magnitude of 6.469 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 357.8 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.

S Coronae Borealis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameS Coronae Borealis
Short NameS CrB
Hipparcos Library I.D.75143
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+31 2725
Henry Draper Designation136753

Visual Facts

Star Type star
ConstellationCorona Borealis
Absolute Magnitude-0.49 / -0.54
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.12
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 21m 23.96
Declination (Dec.)+31d 22` 02.7
Galactic Latitude57.17 degrees
Galactic Longitude49.47 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.90 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1716.65 Light Years
 526.32 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth1.85 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1763.05 Light Years
 540.54 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-13.03 ± 0.78 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-7.73 ± 1.19 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.96
Radial Velocity-5.12 ± 0.45 km/s
Spectral TypeM6e-M8e
Colour(M) Red

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeOmicron Ceti
Mean Variability Period in Days357.800
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.469 - 10.555

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,060 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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