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11 Geminorum - HD43818 - HIP30046

11 Geminorum is a blue pulsating luminous giant star that can be located in the constellation of Gemini. HIP30046 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD43818. 11 Geminorum has alternative name(s), 11 Geminorum , LU_Gem, 11 Gem.

Location of 11 Geminorum

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 Geminorum, the location is 06h 19m 19.30 and +23d28`09.9 .

Proper Motion of 11 Geminorum

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 -001.57 ± 000.39 towards the north and -000.61 ± 000.67 east if we saw them in the horizon.

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

11 Geminorum has a spectral type of B0II. This means the star is a blue coloured luminous giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.25 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,058 Kelvin.

11 Geminorum has been calculated as 17.85 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 12,417,864.20.km.

11 Geminorum Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

11 Geminorum has an apparent magnitude of 6.91 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 -2.28 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.07. 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 Geminorum

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.45 which gave the calculated distance to 11 Geminorum as 2249.40 light years away from Earth or 689.66 parsecs. In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 1.01 which put 11 Geminorum at a distance of 3229.34 light years or 990.10 parsecs.

It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 2249.40 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 Geminorum

The star is a pulsating Beta Cephei 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 Geminorum brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.000 to a magnitude of 7.000 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 Geminorum Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional Name11 Geminorum
Short NameLU Gem, 11 Gem
Alternative Name(s)11 Geminorum
Hipparcos Library I.D.30046
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+23 1300
Henry Draper Designation43818

Visual Facts

Star Typeluminous giant star
Absolute Magnitude-2.28 / -3.07
Apparent Magnitude6.91
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 19m 19.30
Declination (Dec.)+23d28`09.9
1997 Distance from Earth1.45 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2249.40 Light Years
 689.66 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.01 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 3229.34 Light Years
 990.10 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-1.57 ± 0.39 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-0.61 ± 0.67 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.25
Spectral TypeB0II
Colour(B) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeBeta Cephei

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)17.85
Calculated Effective Temperature7,058 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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