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58 Ceti, HD12020, HIP9165

58 Ceti is a blue star that can be located in the constellation of Cetus. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

HIP9165 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD12020. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 192. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major.

Location of 58 Ceti

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 58 Ceti, the location is 01h 57m 59.39 and -02d03`34.2 .

Proper Motion of 58 Ceti

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 9.60 ± 0.42 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 36.42 ± 0.74 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 58 Ceti

58 Ceti has a spectral type of A0. This means the star is a blue star. The star is 7469.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24361.1401633600000000s. 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 7,653 Kelvin.

58 Ceti Radius has been calculated as being 3.97 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,765,146.96.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 3.96. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

The star has a companion star which is in orbit close by, it has at least the following companions in close orbit, .

58 Ceti Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

58 Ceti has an apparent magnitude of 6.52 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 0.63 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.64. 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 58 Ceti

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.64 which gave the calculated distance to 58 Ceti as 491.21 light years away from Earth or 150.60 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 491.21 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 6.68 which put 58 Ceti at a distance of 488.27 light years or 149.70 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 7,469.00 Parsecs or 24,361.14 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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.

58 Ceti Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper Name58 Ceti
Flamsteed Name58 Ceti
Flamsteed Short Name58 Cet
Hipparcos Library I.D.9165
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-02 330
Gould I.D.192
Henry Draper Designation12020

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude0.63 / 0.64
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.52
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)01h 57m 59.39
Declination (Dec.)-02d03`34.2
Galactic Latitude-60.29 degrees
Galactic Longitude158.20 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.64 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 491.21 Light Years
 150.60 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth6.68 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 488.27 Light Years
 149.70 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,361.14 Light Years / 7,469.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.9.60 ± 0.42 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.36.42 ± 0.74 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.17
Spectral TypeA0
Colour(A) blue

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature7,653 Kelvin

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
12020-02 330.0A6.6000036.000003.00000A0White
B11.600001933

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