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197 G. Puppis, HD63852, HIP38200

197 G. Puppis is a red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Puppis. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

197 G. Puppis's Alternative Names

HIP38200 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD63852.

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 197 G. Puppis. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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

Location of 197 G. Puppis

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 197 G. Puppis, the location is 07h 49m 35.43 and -33° 17` 20.2 .

Proper Motion of 197 G. Puppis

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 1.46 ± 0.20 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -37.94 ± 0.24 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards us is 32.20000 km/s with an error of about 0.40 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of 197 G. Puppis

197 G. Puppis has a spectral type of M0III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7,487.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,419.85 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.61 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,754 Kelvin.

197 G. Puppis Radius has been calculated as being 35.31 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 24,570,234.84.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 38.72. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

197 G. Puppis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

197 G. Puppis has an apparent magnitude of 5.61 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 -1.02 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.22. 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 197 G. Puppis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.72 which gave the calculated distance to 197 G. Puppis as 691.02 light years away from Earth or 211.86 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 691.02 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 4.30 which put 197 G. Puppis at a distance of 758.52 light years or 232.56 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,487.00 Parsecs or 24,419.85 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*. 197 G. Puppis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.725 to a magnitude of 5.683 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 days (variability).

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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Primary / Proper / Traditional Name197 G. Puppis
Alternative NamesHD 63852, HIP 38200
Spectral TypeM0III
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPuppis
Absolute Magnitude-1.02 / -1.22
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.61
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 49m 35.43
Declination (Dec.)-33° 17` 20.2
Galactic Latitude-3.64 degrees
Galactic Longitude248.76 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.72 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 691.02 Light Years
 211.86 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.30 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 758.52 Light Years
 232.56 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,419.85 Light Years / 7,487.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.1.46 ± 0.20 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-37.94 ± 0.24 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.61
Radial Velocity32.20 ± 0.40 km/s
Eccentricity0.06
Semi-Major Axis7405.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.031
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.683 - 5.725

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature3,754 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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