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BD Camelopardalis, HD22649, HIP17296

BD Camelopardalis is a pulsating star that can be located in the constellation of Camelopardalis. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

HIP17296 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD22649.

BD Camelopardalis has alternative name(s), BD Cam.

Location of BD Camelopardalis

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 BD Camelopardalis, the location is 03h 42m 09.35 and +63d 13` 00.3 .

Proper Motion of BD Camelopardalis

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 18.94 ± 0.22 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -17.27 ± 0.34 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 -22.28000 km/s with an error of about 0.14 km/s .

Physical Properties (Temperature, Radius) of BD Camelopardalis

BD Camelopardalis has a spectral type of S5.3 SB:. This means the star is a star. The star is 7523.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24537.2683691200000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.65 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,628 Kelvin.

BD Camelopardalis Radius has been calculated as being 36.61 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 25,471,973.84.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 36.61. 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 -0.21 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

BD Camelopardalis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

BD Camelopardalis has an apparent magnitude of 5.06 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 -0.95 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.95. 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 BD Camelopardalis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.27 which gave the calculated distance to BD Camelopardalis as 520.20 light years away from Earth or 159.49 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 520.20 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 6.28 which put BD Camelopardalis at a distance of 519.37 light years or 159.24 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 7,523.00 Parsecs or 24,537.27 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of BD Camelopardalis

The star is a pulsating Slow Irregular 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. BD Camelopardalis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.142 to a magnitude of 5.042 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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.

BD Camelopardalis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameBD Camelopardalis
Short NameBD Cam
Hipparcos Library I.D.17296
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+62 597
Henry Draper Designation22649

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude-0.95 / -0.95
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.06
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)03h 42m 09.35
Declination (Dec.)+63d 13` 00.3
Galactic Latitude6.44 degrees
Galactic Longitude140.84 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.27 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 520.20 Light Years
 159.49 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth6.28 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 519.37 Light Years
 159.24 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,537.27 Light Years / 7,523.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.18.94 ± 0.22 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-17.27 ± 0.34 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.65
Radial Velocity-22.28 ± 0.14 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.21 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis1.80
Orbital Period (Days)596.21
Argument Of Periastron322.00
Spectral TypeS5.3 SB:

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSlow Irregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.079
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.042 - 5.142

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature3,628 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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