The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR3541. HIP43811 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD76221.
X Cancri has alternative name(s) :- , X Cnc.
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+17 1973.
More details on objects' alternative names can be found at Star Names .
The location of the Carbon 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For X Cancri, the location is 08h 55m 22.88 and +17° 13` 52.5 .
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 6.27 ± 0.62 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -2.28 ± 0.78 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.
The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is -5.00000 km/s with an error of about 0.70 km/s . 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.
Based on the star's spectral type of C6II , X Cancri's colour and type is carbon red Carbon star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 2.97 which means the star's temperature is about 0 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.
X Cancri Iron Abundance is -0.30 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context. The value comes from the Hipparcos Extended Catalog.
X Cancri has an apparent magnitude of 6.28 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 -3.95 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.39. 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.90000 which gave the calculated distance to X Cancri as 3624.04 light years away from Earth or 1111.11 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 21,304,373,497,432,329.98, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.
In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 2.92000 which put X Cancri at a distance of 1117.00 light years or 342.47 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 70,639,015.98 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.
The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).
The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.
|Description||Speed (m.p.h.)||Time (years)|
|Speed of Sound (Mach 1)||767.269||976,292,245.08|
|Concorde (Mach 2)||1,534.54||488,145,486.33|
|New Horizons Probe||33,000||22,699,356.81|
|Speed of Light||670,616,629.00||1,117.00|
The star is a pulsating Semiregular late- (M 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. X Cancri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.327 to a magnitude of 6.023 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.2 days (variability).
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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||X Cancri|
|Alternative Names||X Cnc, HD 76221, HIP 43811, HR 3541, BD+17 1973, X Cnc|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Star Type||Carbon Star|
|Absolute Magnitude||-3.95 / -1.39|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||6.28|
|Naked Eye Visible||Yes - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||08h 55m 22.88|
|Declination (Dec.)||+17° 13` 52.5|
|Galactic Latitude||34.93873874 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||210.17537599 degrees|
|1997 Distance from Earth||0.90000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|3624.04 Light Years|
|2007 Distance from Earth||2.92000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|1117.00 Light Years|
|70,639,015.98 Astronomical Units|
|Proper Motion Dec.||6.27000 ± 0.62000 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||-2.28000 ± 0.78000 milliarcseconds/year|
|Radial Velocity||-5.00000 ± 0.70 km/s|
|Iron Abundance||-0.3000 ± 9.99 Fe/H|
|Variable Star Class||Pulsating|
|Variable Star Type||Semiregular late- (M|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||0.243|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||6.023 - 6.327|
|Calculated Temperature Range||2,400.00 - 3,700.00|
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