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11 Camelopardalis - HD32343 - HIP23734

11 Camelopardalis is a blue eruptive main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Camelopardalis. HIP23734 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD32343. 11 Camelopardalis has alternative name(s), 11 Camelopardalis , BV_Cam, 11 Cam.

Location of 11 Camelopardalis

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 11 Camelopardalis, the location is 05h 06m 08.46 and +58d58`20.6 .

Proper Motion of 11 Camelopardalis

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 -007.85 ± 000.19 towards the north and -007.31 ± 000.31 east if we saw them in the horizon.

11 Camelopardalis 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 3190.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 11 Camelopardalis

11 Camelopardalis has a spectral type of B2.5Ve. This means the star is a blue coloured main sequence dwarf star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.08 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 11,099 Kelvin.

11 Camelopardalis has been calculated as 4.70 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,272,151.33.km.

11 Camelopardalis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

11 Camelopardalis has an apparent magnitude of 5.22 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 -1.35 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.39. 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 11 Camelopardalis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.86 which gave the calculated distance to 11 Camelopardalis as 671.12 light years away from Earth or 205.76 parsecs. In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 4.76 which put 11 Camelopardalis at a distance of 685.22 light years or 210.08 parsecs.

It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 671.12 years using the 1997 distance to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of 11 Camelopardalis

The star is a eruptive Gamma Cassiopeiae 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. 11 Camelopardalis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.000 to a magnitude of 5.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star.

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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

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11 Camelopardalis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional Name11 Camelopardalis
Short NameBV Cam, 11 Cam
Alternative Name(s)11 Camelopardalis
Hipparcos Library I.D.23734
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+58 804
Henry Draper Designation32343

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Absolute Magnitude-1.35 / -1.39
Apparent Magnitude5.22
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 06m 08.46
Declination (Dec.)+58d58`20.6
1997 Distance from Earth4.86 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 671.12 Light Years
 205.76 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.76 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 685.22 Light Years
 210.08 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-7.85 ± 0.19 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-7.31 ± 0.31 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.08
Spectral TypeB2.5Ve
Colour(B) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeGamma Cassiopeiae

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)4.70
Luminosity (x the Sun)3,190.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature11,099 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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