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BE Camelopardalis, HD23475, HIP17884

BE Camelopardalis is a red eruptive giant star that can be located in the constellation of Camelopardalis. BE Camelopardalis is the brightest star in Camelopardalis 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.

HIP17884 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD23475.

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

Location of BE 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 BE Camelopardalis, the location is 03h 49m 31.29 and +65d31`33.6 .

Proper Motion of BE 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 -13.82 ± 0.33 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -4.03 ± 0.46 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

BE Camelopardalis 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 13.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of BE Camelopardalis

BE Camelopardalis has a spectral type of M1III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7584.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24736.2280089600000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.87 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 2,415 Kelvin.

BE Camelopardalis Radius has been calculated as being 209.46 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 145,741,326.52.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 172.62. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

BE Camelopardalis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

BE Camelopardalis has an apparent magnitude of 4.39 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 -2.97 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.55. 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 BE Camelopardalis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.38 which gave the calculated distance to BE Camelopardalis as 964.98 light years away from Earth or 295.86 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 964.98 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 4.10 which put BE Camelopardalis at a distance of 795.52 light years or 243.90 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 7,584.00 Parsecs or 24,736.23 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 BE Camelopardalis

The star is a eruptive 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. BE Camelopardalis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.494 to a magnitude of 4.334 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.

BE Camelopardalis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameBE Camelopardalis
Short NameBE Cam
Hipparcos Library I.D.17884
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+65 369
Henry Draper Designation23475

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude-2.97 / -2.55
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.39
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)03h 49m 31.29
Declination (Dec.)+65d31`33.6
Galactic Latitude8.75 degrees
Galactic Longitude140.02 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.38 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 964.98 Light Years
 295.86 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth4.10 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 795.52 Light Years
 243.90 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,736.23 Light Years / 7,584.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-13.82 ± 0.33 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-4.03 ± 0.46 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.87
Radial Velocity-1.70 ± 1.47 km/s
Spectral TypeM1III
Colour(M) Red

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeIrregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.137
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.334 - 4.494

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)13.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature2,415 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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