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79 G. Centauri

79 G. Centauri Facts

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 objects' alternative names can be found at Star Names .

Location of 79 G. Centauri

The location of the supergiant 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 79 G. Centauri, the location is 11h 55m 00.02 and -63° 16` 45.0 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 79 G. Centauri

Proper Motion

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 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -8.35 ± 0.28 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is -25.90 km/s with an error of about 0.50 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.

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

79 G. Centauri Colour and Temperature

79 G. Centauri has a spectral type of A3Ib. This means the star is a blue - white 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

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. If you want that in miles, it is 33,058,508,572,351,706.44.

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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 355,626,925.00 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.

Time to Travel to 79 G. Centauri

A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

If you were to drive there at about 120 m.p.h. in a car with an infinity engine so you didn't have to pull over for petrol, it would take you 125,813,360,465,979.88 hours or 14,362,255,760.96 years.

At the time of writing, the fastest probe so far created is the New Horizon probe which is travelling at a speed of 33,000 m.p.h. If the probe was travelling to 79 G. Centauri then it would take 457,503,128,967.20 hours / 52,226,384.59 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey 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.

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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Additional 79 G. Centauri Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional Name79 G. Centauri
Alternative NamesHD 103516, HIP 58103, NSV 05385
Spectral TypeA3Ib
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star less luminour Supergiant Star
ColourBlue
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
 355,626,925.00 Astronomical Units
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 Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)66.27
Effective Temperature7,325 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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