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Talitha, Iota Ursae Majoris, 9 Ursae Majoris, HD76644, HIP44127, HR3569

Talitha (Iota Ursae Majoris) is a blue subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of UrsaMajor. Talitha is the brightest star in Ursa Major 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.

Iota Ursae Majoris is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR3569. HIP44127 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD76644. The Gliese ID of the star is Gliese GL331A. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Ref : Star Names.

Talitha has alternative name(s), 9 Ursae Majoris, Talitha Borealis , .

Location of Talitha

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 Talitha, the location is 08h 59m 12.84 and +48d02`32.5 .

Proper Motion of Talitha

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 -215.32 ± 0.11 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -441.29 ± 0.16 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Talitha

Talitha has a spectral type of A7IV. This means the star is a blue subgiant star. The star is 7411.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24171.9654238400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.22 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,650 Kelvin.

Talitha Radius has been calculated as being 1.85 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,288,375.56.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.83. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.03 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Talitha Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Talitha has an apparent magnitude of 3.12 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 2.29 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.31. 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 Talitha

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 68.32 which gave the calculated distance to Talitha as 47.74 light years away from Earth or 14.64 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 47.74 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 68.92 which put Talitha at a distance of 47.32 light years or 14.51 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 7,411.00 Parsecs or 24,171.97 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.

Talitha Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameTalitha
Flamsteed Short Name9 UMa
Bayer DesignationIota Ursae Majoris
Alternative Name(s)9 Ursae Majoris, Talitha Borealis
Hipparcos Library I.D.44127
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id3569
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+48 1707
Gliese ID331A
Henry Draper Designation76644

Visual Facts

Star Typesubgiant star
Absolute Magnitude2.29 / 2.31
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.12
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)08h 59m 12.84
Declination (Dec.)+48d02`32.5
Galactic Latitude40.84 degrees
Galactic Longitude171.51 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth68.32 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 47.74 Light Years
 14.64 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth68.92 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 47.32 Light Years
 14.51 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,171.97 Light Years / 7,411.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-215.32 ± 0.11 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-441.29 ± 0.16 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.22
Radial Velocity6.80 ± 10.00 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.03 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeA7IV
Colour(A) blue

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature7,650 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

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
76644+48 1707.0A3.10000-441.00000-235.00000A5White
B9.500001958
BC9.800001903

Location of Talitha in Ursa Major


Talitha (Iota Ursae Majoris) Location in Ursa Major

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


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