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242 G. Puppis

242 G. Puppis Facts

242 G. Puppis's Alternative Names

HIP39299 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD66435.

242 G. Puppis has alternative name(s) :- , NSV 03872.

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 242 G. Puppis. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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

Location of 242 G. Puppis

The location of the giant 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 242 G. Puppis, the location is 08h 02m 06.13 and -37° 03` 00.3 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 242 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 13.47 ± 0.41 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 3.48 ± 0.51 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 the Sun is 59.30 km/s with an error of about 0.60 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.

242 G. Puppis 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 587.56 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) of 242 G. Puppis

242 G. Puppis has a spectral type of M3III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7,473.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or in terms of Light Years is 24,374.19 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.59 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,804 Kelvin.

242 G. Puppis Radius has been calculated as being 29.68 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 20,649,697.12.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 29.00. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

242 G. Puppis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

242 G. Puppis has an apparent magnitude of 6.31 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 -0.70 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.65. 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 242 G. Puppis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.96 which gave the calculated distance to 242 G. Puppis as 823.64 light years away from Earth or 252.53 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 823.64 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 4.06 which put 242 G. Puppis at a distance of 803.36 light years or 246.31 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 50,804,730.41 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 7,473.00 Parsecs or 24,374.19 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*. 242 G. Puppis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.392 to a magnitude of 6.309 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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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Additional 242 G. Puppis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional Name242 G. Puppis
Alternative NamesHD 66435, HIP 39299, NSV 03872
Spectral TypeM3III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourRed
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPuppis
Absolute Magnitude -0.70 / -0.65
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.31
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)08h 02m 06.13
Declination (Dec.)-37° 03` 00.3
Galactic Latitude-3.39 degrees
Galactic Longitude253.31 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.96 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 823.64 Light Years
 252.53 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.06 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 803.36 Light Years
 246.31 Parsecs
 50,804,730.41 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,374.19 Light Years / 7,473.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.13.47 ± 0.41 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.3.48 ± 0.51 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.59
Radial Velocity59.30 ± 0.60 km/s
Eccentricity0.33
Semi-Major Axis5325.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)587.56

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.066
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.309 - 6.392

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)29.00
Effective Temperature 3,804 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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