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Xi Phoenicis - HD3980 - HIP3277

Xi Phoenicis is a blue rotating star that can be located in the constellation of Phoenix. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Xi Phoenicis is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP3277 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD3980.

Xi Phoenicis has alternative name(s), ksi_Phe.

Location of Xi Phoenicis

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 Phoenicis, the location is 00h 41m 46.30 and -56d30`05.2 .

Proper Motion of Xi Phoenicis

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 57.19 ± 0.24 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 90.79 ± 0.35 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Xi Phoenicis

Xi Phoenicis has a spectral type of Ap. This means the star is a blue star. The star is 7381.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24074.1164206400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.13 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 8,061 Kelvin.

Xi Phoenicis Radius has been calculated as being 2.25 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,565,286.67.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.30. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Xi Phoenicis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Xi Phoenicis has an apparent magnitude of 5.72 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 1.64 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.59. 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 Phoenicis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 15.29 which gave the calculated distance to Xi Phoenicis as 213.32 light years away from Earth or 65.40 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 213.32 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 14.92 which put Xi Phoenicis at a distance of 218.61 light years or 67.02 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 7,381.00 Parsecs or 24,074.12 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 Xi Phoenicis

The star is a rotating Alpha2 Canum Venaticorum 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. Xi Phoenicis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.000 to a magnitude of 6.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 4.0 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.

Xi Phoenicis Facts

Alternative Names

Short Nameksi Phe
Bayer DesignationXi Phoenicis
Hipparcos Library I.D.3277
Henry Draper Designation3980

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude1.64 / 1.59
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.72
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Ref: Wiki
Right Ascension (R.A.)00h 41m 46.30
Declination (Dec.)-56d30`05.2
Galactic Latitude-60.58 degrees
Galactic Longitude305.65 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth15.29 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 213.32 Light Years
 65.40 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth14.92 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 218.61 Light Years
 67.02 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,074.12 Light Years / 7,381.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.57.19 ± 0.24 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.90.79 ± 0.35 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.13
Radial Velocity9.80 ± 2.90 km/s
Spectral TypeAp
Colour(A) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassRotating
Variable Star TypeAlpha2 Canum Venaticorum
Mean Variability Period in Days4.000

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature8,061 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.


Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
3980-57 143.4A5.8000085.0000050.00000F0Yellow/White
B10.2000085.0000050.000001886

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