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Xi Cygni, 62 Cygni, HD200905, HIP104060, HR8079

Xi Cygni is a orange to red supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Cygnus. The description is based on the spectral class. Xi Cygni is not part of the constellation but is within the borders of the constellation.

The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Xi Cygni's Alternative Names

Xi Cygni (Ksi Cyg) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR8079. HIP104060 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD200905.

Xi Cygni has alternative name(s) :- , NSV 13518.

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 62 Cygni with it shortened to 62 Cyg.

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+43 3800.

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

Location of Xi Cygni

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 Cygni, the location is 21h 04m 55.86 and +43° 55` 40.3 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Xi Cygni

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 0.06 ± 0.12 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 7.97 ± 0.16 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 the Sun is -19.10 km/s with an error of about 0.48 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.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Xi Cygni

Xi Cygni has a spectral type of K5Ibv SB. This means the star is a orange to red supergiant star. The star is 7,386.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,090.42 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.6 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,775 Kelvin.

Xi Cygni Radius has been calculated as being 142.27 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 98,990,581.55.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 101.65. 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 -0.26 with an error value of 0.03 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Xi Cygni Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Xi Cygni has an apparent magnitude of 3.72 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 -4.07 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.34. 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 Cygni

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.77 which gave the calculated distance to Xi Cygni as 1177.48 light years away from Earth or 361.01 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1177.48 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 3.87 which put Xi Cygni at a distance of 842.80 light years or 258.40 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 53,298,454.55 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 7,386.00 Parsecs or 24,090.42 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*. Xi Cygni brightness ranges from a magnitude of 3.855 to a magnitude of 3.807 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameXi Cygni
Alternative NamesKsi Cyg, HD 200905, HIP 104060, HR 8079, 62 Cygni, 62 Cyg, BD+43 3800, NSV 13518
Spectral TypeK5Ibv SB
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
Colour orange to red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -4.07 / -3.34
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.72
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)21h 04m 55.86
Declination (Dec.)+43° 55` 40.3
Galactic Latitude-2.08 degrees
Galactic Longitude85.93 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.77 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1177.48 Light Years
 361.01 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.87 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 842.80 Light Years
 258.40 Parsecs
 53,298,454.55 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,090.42 Light Years / 7,386.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.0.06 ± 0.12 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.7.97 ± 0.16 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.60
Radial Velocity -19.10 ± 0.48 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.26 ± 0.03 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7091.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.036
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)3.807 - 3.855

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature3,775 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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