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27 Canis Majoris, HD56014, HIP34981, HR2745

27 Canis Majoris is a blue eruptive giant star that can be located in the constellation of CanisMajor. 27 Canis Majoris is the brightest star in Canis Major based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR2745. HIP34981 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD56014.

27 Canis Majoris has alternative name(s), EW CMa.

Location of 27 Canis Majoris

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 27 Canis Majoris, the location is 07h 14m 15.22 and -26d 21` 09.1 .

Proper Motion of 27 Canis Majoris

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 3.17 ± 0.23 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -6.91 ± 0.32 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Metallicity, Mass, Radius) of 27 Canis Majoris

27 Canis Majoris has a spectral type of B3III. This means the star is a blue giant star. The star is 7675.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 25033.0366520000000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.17 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 14,786 Kelvin.

27 Canis Majoris Radius has been calculated as being 8.98 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 6,247,779.54.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 9.89. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's solar mass is 1.52 times that of the Sun's. The Sun's Mass is 1,989,100,000,000,000,000,000 billion kg. which to calculate using this website is too large. To give idea of size, the Sun is 99.86% the mass of the solar system.

The star's metallicity is 0.210000, this value is the fractional amount of the star that is not Hydrogen (X) or Helium (Y). An older star would have a high metallicity whereas a new star would have a lower one.

27 Canis Majoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

27 Canis Majoris has an apparent magnitude of 4.42 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 -4.00 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.21. 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 27 Canis Majoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.07 which gave the calculated distance to 27 Canis Majoris as 1575.67 light years away from Earth or 483.09 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1575.67 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 1.88 which put 27 Canis Majoris at a distance of 1734.91 light years or 531.91 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 7,675.00 Parsecs or 25,033.04 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 27 Canis Majoris

The star is a eruptive Gamma Cassiopeiae 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. 27 Canis Majoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.419 to a magnitude of 4.357 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.

27 Canis Majoris Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper Name27 Canis Majoris
Flamsteed Name27 Canis Majoris
Flamsteed Short Name27 CMa
Short NameEW CMa
Hipparcos Library I.D.34981
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id2745
Henry Draper Designation56014

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
ConstellationCanis Major
Absolute Magnitude-4.00 / -4.21
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.42
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 14m 15.22
Declination (Dec.)-26d 21` 09.1
Galactic Latitude-7.07 degrees
Galactic Longitude238.97 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.07 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1575.67 Light Years
 483.09 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth1.88 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1734.91 Light Years
 531.91 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance25,033.04 Light Years / 7,675.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.3.17 ± 0.23 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-6.91 ± 0.32 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.17
Radial Velocity16.30 ± 3.60 km/s
Spectral TypeB3III
Colour(B) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeGamma Cassiopeiae
Mean Variability Period in Days0.050
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.357 - 4.419

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature14,786 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun1.52

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.

Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
56014-26 4057.2A5.40000-14.00000-4.00000B5Blue/White

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