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Xi Cassiopeiae, 19 Cassiopeiae, HD3901, HIP3300, HR179

Xi Cassiopeiae is a blue main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Cassiopeia. 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.

Xi Cassiopeiae's Alternative Names

Xi Cassiopeiae (Ksi Cas) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR179. HIP3300 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD3901.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 19 Cassiopeiae with it shortened to 19 Cas.

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+49 164.

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

Location of Xi Cassiopeiae

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 Xi Cassiopeiae, the location is 00h 42m 03.88 and +50° 30` 45.1 .

Proper Motion of Xi Cassiopeiae

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 -6.58 ± 0.27 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 12.24 ± 0.51 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 -10.60000 km/s with an error of about 7.40 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Xi Cassiopeiae

Xi Cassiopeiae has a spectral type of B2.5V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.1 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 11,677 Kelvin.

Xi Cassiopeiae Radius has been calculated as being 8.52 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 5,925,886.76.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 10.97. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Xi Cassiopeiae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Xi Cassiopeiae has an apparent magnitude of 4.80 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 -2.86 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.41. 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 Xi Cassiopeiae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.94 which gave the calculated distance to Xi Cassiopeiae as 1109.40 light years away from Earth or 340.14 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1109.40 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 2.28 which put Xi Cassiopeiae at a distance of 1430.54 light years or 438.60 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.

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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 Xi Cassiopeiae
Alternative NamesKsi Cas, HD 3901, HIP 3300, HR 179, 19 Cassiopeiae, 19 Cas, BD+49 164
Spectral TypeB2.5V
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCassiopeia
Absolute Magnitude-2.86 / -3.41
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.80
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)00h 42m 03.88
Declination (Dec.)+50° 30` 45.1
Galactic Latitude-12.33 degrees
Galactic Longitude121.41 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.94 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1109.40 Light Years
 340.14 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.28 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1430.54 Light Years
 438.60 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-6.58 ± 0.27 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.12.24 ± 0.51 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.10
Radial Velocity-10.60 ± 7.40 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature11,677 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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