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Xi1 Centauri

Xi1 Centauri Facts

Xi1 Centauri's Alternative Names

Xi1 Centauri (Ksi01 Cen) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in 1603. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation, there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR4933. HIP63724 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD113314.

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 165 G. Centauri. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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

Location of Xi1 Centauri

The location of the main sequence 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 Xi1 Centauri, the location is 13h 03m 33.35 and -49° 31` 38.1 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Xi1 Centauri

Proper Motion

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 -11.52 ± 0.14 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -47.55 ± 0.27 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 0.00 km/s with an error of about 3.70 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.

Xi1 Centauri 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 50.36 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 Xi1 Centauri

Xi1 Centauri Colour and Temperature

Xi1 Centauri has a spectral type of A0V. This means the star is a blue - white main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.02 which means the star's temperature is about 9,262 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being .

Xi1 Centauri Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 2.62 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,819,580.64.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 2.65. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Xi1 Centauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Xi1 Centauri has an apparent magnitude of 4.83 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 0.71 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.68. 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 Xi1 Centauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 14.97 which gave the calculated distance to Xi1 Centauri as 217.88 light years away from Earth or 66.80 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 146,113,951,127.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 14.79 which put Xi1 Centauri at a distance of 220.53 light years or 67.61 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 13,945,466.38 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 star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,362.00 Parsecs or 24,012.15 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to Xi1 Centauri

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.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A380736200,938,974.45
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269192,749,981.03
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5496,374,864.91
New Horizons Probe33,0004,481,548.04
Speed of Light670,616,629.00220.53

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 Xi1 Centauri Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameXi1 Centauri
Alternative NamesKsi01 Cen, HD 113314, HIP 63724, HR 4933, 165 G. Centauri
Spectral TypeA0V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 0.71 / 0.68
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.83
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 03m 33.35
Declination (Dec.)-49° 31` 38.1
Galactic Latitude13.30 degrees
Galactic Longitude304.95 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth14.97 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 217.88 Light Years
  66.80 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth14.79 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 220.53 Light Years
 67.61 Parsecs
 13,945,466.38 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,012.15 Light Years / 7,362.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-11.52 ± 0.14 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-47.55 ± 0.27 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.02
Radial Velocity0.00 ± 3.70 km/s
Semi-Major Axis7705.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)50.36
Associated / Clustered StarsXi2 Centauri

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)2.65
Effective Temperature9,262 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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