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Aspidiske, Iota Carinae, HD80404, HIP45556, HR3699

Aspidiske (Iota Carinae) Location in Carina

Aspidiske (Iota Carinae) is a blue supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Carina. The description is based on the spectral class. Aspidiske is a main star of the constellation.

Aspidiske is the 63rd brightest star in the night sky and the 5th brightest star in Carina 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.

Aspidiske's Alternative Names

Iota Carinae (Iot Car) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR3699. HIP45556 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD80404.

Aspidiske has alternative name(s) :- Turais.

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

Location of Aspidiske

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 Aspidiske, the location is 09h 17m 05.43 and -59° 16` 30.9 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Aspidiske

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 11.98 ± 0.09 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -18.86 ± 0.10 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 the Sun is 12.00 km/s with an error of about 0.30 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.

Aspidiske Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 5,984.21 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Aspidiske

Aspidiske has a spectral type of A8Ib. This means the star is a blue supergiant star. The star is 7,369.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,034.98 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.18 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,564 Kelvin.

Aspidiske Radius has been calculated as being 41.63 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 28,968,645.11.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 46.07. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.23 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Aspidiske Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Aspidiske has an apparent magnitude of 2.21 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 -4.42 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.64. 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 Aspidiske

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.71 which gave the calculated distance to Aspidiske as 692.49 light years away from Earth or 212.31 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 692.49 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 4.26 which put Aspidiske at a distance of 765.64 light years or 234.74 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 48,418,263.24 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,369.00 Parsecs or 24,034.98 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.

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAspidiske
Alternative NamesIota Carinae, Iot Car, Turais, HD 80404, HIP 45556, HR 3699
Spectral TypeA8Ib
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCarina
Absolute Magnitude -4.42 / -4.64
Visual / Apparent Magnitude2.21
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)09h 17m 05.43
Declination (Dec.)-59° 16` 30.9
Galactic Latitude-7.01 degrees
Galactic Longitude278.46 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.71 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 692.49 Light Years
 212.31 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.26 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 765.64 Light Years
 234.74 Parsecs
 48,418,263.24 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,034.98 Light Years / 7,369.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.11.98 ± 0.09 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-18.86 ± 0.10 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.18
Radial Velocity12.00 ± 0.30 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.23 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.01
Semi-Major Axis7348.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)5,984.21
Brightest in Night Sky63rd

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature7,564 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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