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Sinistra, Nu Ophiuchi, 64 Ophiuchi, HD163917, HIP88048

Sinistra (Nu Ophiuchi) is a orange to red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Ophiuchus. Sinistra is the brightest star in Ophiuchus based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Nu Ophiuchi is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP88048 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD163917. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 186. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major. Sinistra has at least 2 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.

Location of Sinistra

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 Sinistra, the location is 17h 59m 01.60 and -09d46`24.1 .

Proper Motion of Sinistra

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 -116.69 ± 0.13 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -9.48 ± 0.26 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Sinistra 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 96.0000000 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, Metallicity, Mass, Radius) of Sinistra

Sinistra has a spectral type of K0III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star is 7356.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23992.5755846400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.98 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,888 Kelvin.

Sinistra Radius has been calculated as being 13.20 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 9,185,984.97.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 13.02. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's solar mass is 3.04 times that of the Sun's. The Sun's Mass is 1,989,100,000,000,000,000,000 billion kg. which to calculate using this website is too large. To give idea of size, the Sun is 99.86% the mass of the solar system.

The star's metallicity is 0.130000, this value is the fractional amount of the star that is not Hydrogen (X) or Helium (Y). An older star would have a high metallicity whereas a new star would have a lower one.

Sinistra Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Sinistra has an apparent magnitude of 3.32 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 -0.03 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.00. 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 Sinistra

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 21.35 which gave the calculated distance to Sinistra as 152.77 light years away from Earth or 46.84 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 152.77 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 21.64 which put Sinistra at a distance of 150.72 light years or 46.21 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,356.00 Parsecs or 23,992.58 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.

Sinistra Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameSinistra
Flamsteed Name64 Ophiuchi
Flamsteed Short Name64 Oph
Bayer DesignationNu Ophiuchi
Hipparcos Library I.D.88048
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-09 4632
Gould I.D.186
Henry Draper Designation163917

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude-0.03 / 0.00
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.32
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 59m 01.60
Declination (Dec.)-09d46`24.1
Galactic Latitude6.97 degrees
Galactic Longitude18.17 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth21.35 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 152.77 Light Years
 46.84 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth21.64 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 150.72 Light Years
 46.21 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,992.58 Light Years / 7,356.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-116.69 ± 0.13 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-9.48 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.98
Radial Velocity12.70 ± 0.80 km/s
Iron Abundance0.12 ± 0.03 Fe/H
Spectral TypeK0III
Colour(K) Orange to Red

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count2

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)96.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature4,888 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun3.04

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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Location of Sinistra in Ophiuchus

Sinistra (Nu Ophiuchi) Location in Ophiuchus

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting Sinistra

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
Nu Oph BConfirmed24530.3200.1320041.9
Nu Oph CConfirmed273186.0000.1820106.1

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