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UZ Leonis Minoris, HD93651, HIP52889

Primary Facts on UZ Leonis Minoris

  • UZ Leonis Minoris's star type is eruptive variable star that can be located in the constellation of Leo Minor. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • UZ Leonis Minoris is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (K0) of the star, the star's colour is orange to red .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 3229.34 light years away from us.

UZ Leonis Minoris's Alternative Names

HIP52889 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD93651.

UZ Leonis Minoris has alternative name(s) :- , UZ LMi.

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+27 1938.

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

Location of UZ Leonis Minoris

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 UZ Leonis Minoris, the location is 10h 49m 01.07 and +26° 48` 13.2 .

Proper Motion of UZ Leonis Minoris

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 -8.42 ± 0.58 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -4.05 ± 1.01 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of UZ Leonis Minoris

UZ Leonis Minoris has a spectral type of K0. This means the star is a orange to red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.42 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,172 Kelvin.

UZ Leonis Minoris Radius has been calculated as being 17.79 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 12,379,386.79.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 34.22. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

UZ Leonis Minoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

UZ Leonis Minoris has an apparent magnitude of 8.57 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 0.01 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.41. 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 UZ Leonis Minoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.94 which gave the calculated distance to UZ Leonis Minoris as 1681.25 light years away from Earth or 515.46 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1681.25 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 1.01 which put UZ Leonis Minoris at a distance of 3229.34 light years or 990.10 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 204,221,361.63 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.

Variable Type of UZ Leonis Minoris

The star is a eruptive Irregular 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. UZ Leonis Minoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.819 to a magnitude of 8.640 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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.

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Additional UZ Leonis Minoris Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameUZ Leonis Minoris
Alternative NamesHD 93651, HIP 52889, BD+27 1938, UZ LMi
Spectral TypeK0
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour orange to red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationLeo Minor
Absolute Magnitude 0.01 / -1.41
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.57
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 49m 01.07
Declination (Dec.)+26° 48` 13.2
Galactic Latitude62.79 degrees
Galactic Longitude206.52 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.94 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1681.25 Light Years
 515.46 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.01 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 3229.34 Light Years
 990.10 Parsecs
 204,221,361.63 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-8.42 ± 0.58 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-4.05 ± 1.01 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.42

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeIrregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.121
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.640 - 8.819

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,172 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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