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18 Camelopardalis

18 Camelopardalis Facts

18 Camelopardalis's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1828. HIP25973 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD36066.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 18 Camelopardalis with it shortened to 18 Cam.

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+57 889.

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

Location of 18 Camelopardalis

The location of the main sequence 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 18 Camelopardalis, the location is 05h 32m 33.68 and +57° 13` 17.8 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 18 Camelopardalis

Proper Motion

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 -224.83 ± 0.31 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 111.08 ± 0.48 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 33.10 km/s with an error of about 0.30 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

18 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 4.48 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Age) of 18 Camelopardalis

18 Camelopardalis Colour and Temperature

18 Camelopardalis has a spectral type of F8V. This means the star is a yellow to white main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.58 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,968 Kelvin.

18 Camelopardalis Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 1.97 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,373,088.38.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.92. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is 0.01 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 4.50 Billion years old but could be between 3.10 and 4.80 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

18 Camelopardalis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

18 Camelopardalis has an apparent magnitude of 6.44 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 3.23 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 3.29. 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 18 Camelopardalis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 22.79 which gave the calculated distance to 18 Camelopardalis as 143.12 light years away from Earth or 43.88 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 143.12 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 23.42 which put 18 Camelopardalis at a distance of 139.27 light years or 42.70 parsecs. It should not be taken as though the star is moving closer or further away from us. It is purely that the distance was recalculated.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 8,807,445.86 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,438.00 Parsecs or 24,260.03 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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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Additional 18 Camelopardalis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional Name18 Camelopardalis
Alternative NamesHD 36066, HIP 25973, HR 1828, 18 Cam, BD+57 889
Spectral TypeF8V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourYellow - White
GalaxyMilky Way
Age4.50 Billion Years Old
Age Range3.10 - 4.80 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude 3.23 / 3.29
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.44
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 32m 33.68
Declination (Dec.)+57° 13` 17.8
Galactic Latitude12.76 degrees
Galactic Longitude154.43 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth22.79 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 143.12 Light Years
 43.88 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth23.42 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 139.27 Light Years
 42.70 Parsecs
 8,807,445.86 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,260.03 Light Years / 7,438.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-224.83 ± 0.31 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.111.08 ± 0.48 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.58
Radial Velocity33.10 ± 0.30 km/s
Iron Abundance0.01 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis6509.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)4.48

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)1.92
Effective Temperature5,968 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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