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12 Ceti - HD2637 - HIP2353

12 Ceti is a red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Cetus. HIP2353 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD2637. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 48. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major. 12 Ceti has alternative name(s), 12 Ceti , 12 Cet.

Location of 12 Ceti

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 from celestial equator. The Declination is how up or down compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 12 Ceti, the location is 00h 30m 02.35 and -03 d 57 ` 26.3 .

Proper Motion of 12 Ceti

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 -013.00 ± 000.00 towards the north and 009.00 ± 000.00 east if we saw them in the horizon.

12 Ceti 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 15.0000000 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 12 Ceti

12 Ceti has a spectral type of M0III. This means the star is a red coloured giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.54 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,913 Kelvin.

12 Ceti has been calculated as 36.47 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 25,373,513.15.km.

12 Ceti Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

12 Ceti 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 -1.27 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.39. 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 12 Ceti

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.00 which gave the calculated distance to 12 Ceti as 815.41 light years away from us or 250 parsecs. In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 6.00 which put 12 Ceti at a distance of 543.61 light years or 166.67 parsecs.

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.

12 Ceti Facts


Traditional Name12 Ceti
Short Name12 Cet
Alternative Name(s)12 Ceti
Hipparcos Library I.D.2353
Gould I.D.48
Henry Draper Designation2637
Celestial TypeStar
Absolute Magnitude-1.27 / -0.39
Apparent Magnitude5.72
Right Ascension (R.A.)00h 30m 02.35
Declination (Dec.)-03 d 57 ` 26.3
1997 Distance4.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 815.41 Light Years
 250 Parsecs
2007 Distance6.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 543.61 Light Years
 166.67 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-13.00 ± 0.00 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.9.00 ± 0.00 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.54
Spectral TypeM0III
Colour(M) Red
Star Typegiant star
Radius (x the Sun)36.47
Luminosity (x the Sun)15.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature3,913 Kelvin


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