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20 Canum Venaticorum - HD115604 - HIP64844

20 Canum Venaticorum is a blue to white pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of CanesVenatici. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

HIP64844 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD115604.

20 Canum Venaticorum has alternative name(s), 20 Canum Venaticorum , AO_CVn, 20 CVn.

Location of 20 Canum Venaticorum

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 20 Canum Venaticorum, the location is 13h 17m 32.64 and +40d34`21.2 .

Proper Motion of 20 Canum Venaticorum

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 18.47 ± 0.12 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -125.28 ± 0.20 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 20 Canum Venaticorum

20 Canum Venaticorum has a spectral type of F3III. This means the star is a blue to white giant star. The star is 7405.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24152.3956232000000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.3 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,218 Kelvin.

20 Canum Venaticorum Radius has been calculated as being 5.97 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,154,837.81.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 5.50. 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 0.54 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

20 Canum Venaticorum Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

20 Canum Venaticorum has an apparent magnitude of 4.72 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 0.00 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.18. 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 20 Canum Venaticorum

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 11.39 which gave the calculated distance to 20 Canum Venaticorum as 286.36 light years away from Earth or 87.80 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 286.36 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 12.34 which put 20 Canum Venaticorum at a distance of 264.31 light years or 81.04 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 7,405.00 Parsecs or 24,152.40 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of 20 Canum Venaticorum

The star is a pulsating Delta Scuti 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. 20 Canum Venaticorum brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.000 to a magnitude of 5.000 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 Metallicity and/or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

20 Canum Venaticorum Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper Name20 Canum Venaticorum
Short NameAO CVn, 20 CVn
Alternative Name(s)20 Canum Venaticorum
Hipparcos Library I.D.64844
Bonner DurchmusterungBDD+41 2380
Henry Draper Designation115604

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude0.00 / 0.18
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.72
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Ref: Wiki
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 17m 32.64
Declination (Dec.)+40d34`21.2
Galactic Latitude75.52 degrees
Galactic Longitude102.74 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth11.39 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 286.36 Light Years
 87.80 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth12.34 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 264.31 Light Years
 81.04 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,152.40 Light Years / 7,405.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.18.47 ± 0.12 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-125.28 ± 0.20 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.30
Radial Velocity8.62 ± 0.17 km/s
Iron Abundance0.54 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeF3III
Colour(F) blue to white

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Scuti

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature7,218 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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