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12 Lyncis - HD48250 - HIP32438

12 Lyncis is a blue main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Lynx. HIP is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD. 12 Lyncis has alternative name(s), 12 Lyncis. 12 Lyncis is a multiple star system with 3 stars orbiting in its solar system.

Location of 12 Lyncis

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 Lyncis, the location is 06h 46m 14.15 and +59 d 26 ` 30.1 .

Physical Properties/View of 12 Lyncis

12 Lyncis has a spectral type of A3V. This means the star is (A) blue coloured (V) main sequence (dwarf star). 12 Lyncis lies at a distance of 228.73 light years away from our Sun and our planet Earth or to put it another way, 69.90 parsecs away from the Sun.

12 Lyncis has an apparent magnitude of 4.86 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. 12 Lyncis has an absolute magnitude of 0.63 which is the apparent magnitude of an object if it were 32.6 light years away or 10 parsecs from Earth. 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. The stars temperature has been calculated at between 7500 and 10000 based on the Class Type and lookup at Wikipedia-Stellar Classification

Source of Information

The source of the information came 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.

12 Lyncis Facts


Traditional Name12 Lyncis
Alternative Name(s)12 Lyncis
Hipparcos Library I.D.32438
Henry Draper Designation48250
Celestial TypeStar
Absolute Magnitude0.63
Apparent Magnitude4.86
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 46m 14.15
Declination (Dec.)+59 d 26 ` 30.1
Distance from the Sun / Earth228.73 Light Years
Spectral TypeA3V
Colour (A) blue
Star Type (IV) subgiant.
Stars in Solar System3
Variable Star ClassConstant, non-variable
Calculated Temperature Range7,500.00 - 10,000.00


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