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79 G. Centauri, HD103516, HIP58103

79 G. Centauri is a blue supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

79 G. Centauri's Alternative Names

HIP58103 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD103516.

79 G. Centauri has alternative name(s) :- , NSV 05385.

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 79 G. Centauri. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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

Location of 79 G. Centauri

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 79 G. Centauri, the location is 11h 55m 00.02 and -63° 16` 45.0 .

Proper Motion of 79 G. Centauri

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 0.10 ± 0.20 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -8.35 ± 0.28 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 us is -25.90000 km/s with an error of about 0.50 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of 79 G. Centauri

79 G. Centauri has a spectral type of A3Ib. This means the star is a blue supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.21 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,325 Kelvin.

79 G. Centauri Radius has been calculated as being 30.29 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 21,076,952.52.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 66.27. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

79 G. Centauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

79 G. Centauri has an apparent magnitude of 5.89 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 -3.59 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -5.29. 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 79 G. Centauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.27 which gave the calculated distance to 79 G. Centauri as 2568.22 light years away from Earth or 787.40 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 2568.22 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 0.58 which put 79 G. Centauri at a distance of 5623.51 light years or 1724.14 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. 79 G. Centauri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.984 to a magnitude of 5.943 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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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79 G. Centauri Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional Name79 G. Centauri
Alternative NamesHD 103516, HIP 58103, NSV 05385
Spectral TypeA3Ib
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCentaurus
Absolute Magnitude-3.59 / -5.29
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.89
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)11h 55m 00.02
Declination (Dec.)-63° 16` 45.0
Galactic Latitude-1.10 degrees
Galactic Longitude296.64 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.27 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2568.22 Light Years
 787.40 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.58 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 5623.51 Light Years
 1724.14 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.0.10 ± 0.20 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-8.35 ± 0.28 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.21
Radial Velocity-25.90 ± 0.50 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.027
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.943 - 5.984

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature7,325 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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