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2 Puppis B (Companion Star) Facts

2 Puppis B Facts

  • 2 Puppis B is a eclipsing binary sys main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Puppis. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • 2 Puppis B is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (A0/A1V) of the star, the star's colour is blue - white .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • The star is calculated at being about 402.67 light years away from us. Distance

2 Puppis B's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR3009. HIP37842 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD62863.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John named the stars in the constellation with a number and its latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 2 Puppis B. The Flamsteed name can be shortened to 2 pup b.

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-14 2193.

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

Location of 2 Puppis B

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 2 Puppis B, the location is 07h 45m 28.74 and -14° 41` 10.0 .

Physical Properties of 2 Puppis B

2 Puppis B Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of A0/A1V , 2 Puppis B's colour and type is blue - white main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.34 which means the star's temperature is about 7,016 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

2 Puppis B Radius

2 Puppis B estimated radius has been calculated as being 3.07 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,133,994.30.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

2 Puppis B Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

2 Puppis B has an apparent magnitude of 7.03 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.57 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 2 Puppis B

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 8.10000 which gave the calculated distance to 2 Puppis B as 402.67 light years away from Earth or 123.46 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 2,367,146,079,019,844.24, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

Travel Time to 2 Puppis B

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking467,509,299,499.86
Car1202,250,309,983.33
Airbus A380736366,898,366.85
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269351,945,925.09
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54175,972,733.20
New Horizons Probe33,0008,182,945.39
Speed of Light670,616,629.00402.67

Variable Type of 2 Puppis B

The star is a eclipsing binary sys Beta Persei (Algol) 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.

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 2 Puppis B Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional Name2 Puppis B
Alternative NamesHD 62863, HIP 37842, HR 3009, 2 pup b, BD-14 2193
Spectral TypeA0/A1V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPuppis
Absolute Magnitude 1.57
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.03
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 45m 28.74
Declination (Dec.)-14° 41` 10.0
Galactic Latitude4.90612123 degrees
Galactic Longitude232.19390294 degrees
Distance from Earth8.10000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 402.67 Light Years
 123.46 Parsecs
 25,465,275.53 Astronomical Units
B-V Index0.34
Radial Velocity31.00000 ± 1.78 km/s
Associated / Clustered Stars2 Puppis

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEclipsing binary sys
Variable Star TypeBeta Persei (Algol)

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)3.07
Effective Temperature7,016 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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
62863-14 2193.0B6.80000-20.00000-21.00000A0White1829
C10.400001893

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