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XY Coronae Borealis, HD139374, HIP76414

XY Coronae Borealis is a red variable star that can be located in the constellation of Corona Borealis. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

XY Coronae Borealis's Alternative Names

HIP76414 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD139374.

XY Coronae Borealis has alternative name(s) :- , XY CrB.

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+37 2661.

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

Location of XY Coronae Borealis

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 XY Coronae Borealis, the location is 15h 36m 26.19 and +37° 22` 35.7 .

Proper Motion of XY Coronae Borealis

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 9.80 ± 0.72 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -12.10 ± 1.01 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of XY Coronae Borealis

XY Coronae Borealis has a spectral type of M.... This means the star is a red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.4 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,209 Kelvin.

XY Coronae Borealis Radius has been calculated as being 58.42 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 40,649,536.92.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

XY Coronae Borealis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

XY Coronae Borealis has an apparent magnitude of 8.10 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.61 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 XY Coronae Borealis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.72 which gave the calculated distance to XY Coronae Borealis as 4530.05 light years away from Earth or 1388.89 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 4530.05 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet. XY Coronae Borealis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.303 to a magnitude of 8.176 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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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XY Coronae Borealis Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameXY Coronae Borealis
Alternative NamesHD 139374, HIP 76414, BD+37 2661, XY CrB
Spectral TypeM...
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCorona Borealis
Absolute Magnitude-2.61
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.10
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 36m 26.19
Declination (Dec.)+37° 22` 35.7
Galactic Latitude53.95 degrees
Galactic Longitude60.01 degrees
Distance from Earth0.72 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 4530.05 Light Years
 1388.89 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.9.80 ± 0.72 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-12.10 ± 1.01 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.40

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.081
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.176 - 8.303

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,209 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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
139374+37 2661.0A8.70000-14.0000023.00000M2Red
B13.400001905
C12.200001916

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