HIP38241 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.
BM Puppis has alternative name(s) :- BM Pup, BM Pup.
More details on objects' alternative names can be found at Star Names .
The location of the variable 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 BM Puppis, the location is 07h 50m 03.13 and -28° 15` 18.6 .
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 -1.03 ± 3.24 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -10.69 ± 4.49 milliarcseconds/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 64.40 km/s with an error of about 0.90 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.
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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||BM Puppis|
|Alternative Names||BM Pup, HIP 38241, BM Pup|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||Yes|
|Star Type||Variable Star|
|Absolute Magnitude||5.26 / 1.18|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||10.86|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||07h 50m 03.13|
|Declination (Dec.)||-28° 15` 18.6|
|Galactic Latitude||-1.01 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||244.47 degrees|
|1997 Distance from Earth||7.53 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|433 Light Years|
|2007 Distance from Earth||1.16 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|2811 Light Years|
|177,799,024.06 Astronomical Units|
|Proper Motion Dec.||-1.03 ± 3.24 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||-10.69 ± 4.49 milliarcseconds/year|
|Radial Velocity||64.40 ± 0.90 km/s|
|Variable Star Class||Pulsating|
|Variable Star Type||Delta Cepheid|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||7.198|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||10.471 - 11.242|
The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.
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|H.D. Id||B.D. Id||Star Code||Magnitude||R.A.||Dec.||Spectrum||Colour||Year|
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