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V3879 Sagittarii, HD172816, HIP91781

V3879 Sagittarii is a red pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Sagittarius. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

V3879 Sagittarii's Alternative Names

HIP91781 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD172816.

V3879 Sagittarii has alternative name(s) :- , V3879 Sgr.

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 89 G. Sagittarii. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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-19 5134.

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

Location of V3879 Sagittarii

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 V3879 Sagittarii, the location is 18h 42m 55.11 and -19° 17` 02.9 .

Proper Motion of V3879 Sagittarii

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 -34.46 ± 0.25 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -10.29 ± 0.44 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 us is -32.40000 km/s with an error of about 0.60 km/s .

V3879 Sagittarii 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 919.27 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 V3879 Sagittarii

V3879 Sagittarii has a spectral type of M4III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7,109.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23,186.95 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.59 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,804 Kelvin.

V3879 Sagittarii Radius has been calculated as being 43.90 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 30,543,727.11.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 36.34. 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 -0.44 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

V3879 Sagittarii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V3879 Sagittarii has an apparent magnitude of 6.32 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 -1.55 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.14. 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 V3879 Sagittarii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.67 which gave the calculated distance to V3879 Sagittarii as 1221.59 light years away from Earth or 374.53 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1221.59 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 3.22 which put V3879 Sagittarii at a distance of 1012.93 light years or 310.56 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 7,109.00 Parsecs or 23,186.95 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of V3879 Sagittarii

The star is a pulsating Semiregular late- (M, C, S or Me, Ce, Se) giants with poorly defined periodicity 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. V3879 Sagittarii brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.286 to a magnitude of 5.901 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.3 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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 V3879 Sagittarii
Alternative NamesHD 172816, HIP 91781, 89 G. Sagittarii, BD-19 5134, V3879 Sgr
Spectral TypeM4III
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationSagittarius
Absolute Magnitude-1.55 / -1.14
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.32
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 42m 55.11
Declination (Dec.)-19° 17` 02.9
Galactic Latitude-6.86 degrees
Galactic Longitude14.74 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.67 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1221.59 Light Years
 374.53 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.22 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1012.93 Light Years
 310.56 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,186.95 Light Years / 7,109.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-34.46 ± 0.25 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-10.29 ± 0.44 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.59
Radial Velocity-32.40 ± 0.60 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.44 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.39
Semi-Major Axis4688.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)919.27

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemiregular late- (M, C, S or Me, Ce, Se) giants with poorly defined periodicity
Mean Variability Period in Days0.347
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.901 - 6.286

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature3,804 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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