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BQ Canis Minoris

BQ Canis Minoris Facts

  • BQ Canis Minoris is a pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Canis Minor. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • BQ Canis Minoris is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (M...) of the star, the star's colour is red .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 821.57 light years away from us. Distance

BQ Canis Minoris's Alternative Names

HIP36888 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD60501.

BQ Canis Minoris has alternative name(s) :- BQ CMi, BQ CMi.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD+06 1720.

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

Location of BQ Canis Minoris

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 BQ Canis Minoris, the location is 07h 35m 02.99 and +06° 11` 39.8 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of BQ Canis Minoris

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 -12.89 ± 0.46 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 2.85 ± 0.71 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 9.12000 km/s with an error of about 0.26 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 of BQ Canis Minoris

BQ Canis Minoris Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of M... , BQ Canis Minoris's colour and type is red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.56 which means the star's temperature is about 3,878 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

BQ Canis Minoris 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 134.80 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

BQ Canis Minoris Radius

BQ Canis Minoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

BQ Canis Minoris has an apparent magnitude of 7.78 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.77. 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 BQ Canis Minoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.06000 which gave the calculated distance to BQ Canis Minoris as -54360.56 light years away from Earth or -16666.67 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about -319,565,367,316,470,022.42, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.97000 which put BQ Canis Minoris at a distance of 821.57 light years or 251.89 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 51,955,680.01 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 7,601.00 Parsecs or 24,791.68 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to BQ Canis Minoris

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking4137,739,625,971.88
Car1204,591,320,865.73
Airbus A380736748,584,923.76
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269718,077,367.76
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54359,038,215.94
New Horizons Probe33,00016,695,712.24
Speed of Light670,616,629.00821.57

Variable Type of BQ Canis Minoris

The star is a pulsating Semi-Regular Star w 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. BQ Canis Minoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.901 to a magnitude of 7.694 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 473.0 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 BQ Canis Minoris Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameBQ Canis Minoris
Alternative NamesBQ CMi, HD 60501, HIP 36888, BD+06 1720, BQ CMi
Spectral TypeM...
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourRed
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanis Minor
Absolute Magnitude / 0.77
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.78
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 35m 02.99
Declination (Dec.)+06° 11` 39.8
Galactic Latitude12.50688540 degrees
Galactic Longitude212.32815797 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-0.06000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -54360.56 Light Years
 -16666.67 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.97000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 821.57 Light Years
 251.89 Parsecs
 51,955,680.01 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,791.68 Light Years / 7,601.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-12.89000 ± 0.46000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.2.85000 ± 0.71000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.56
Radial Velocity9.12000 ± 0.26 km/s
Eccentricity0.08280
Semi-Major Axis7585.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)134.8000000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemi-Regular Star w
Mean Variability Period in Days473.000
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.694 - 7.901

Estimated Calculated Facts


Effective Temperature3,878 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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