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BU Canis Minoris, HD65241, HIP38945

BU Canis Minoris is a blue eclipsing binary system main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Canis Minor. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

BU Canis Minoris's Alternative Names

HIP38945 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD65241.

BU Canis Minoris has alternative name(s) :- , BU 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+07 1879.

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

Location of BU Canis Minoris

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 BU Canis Minoris, the location is 07h 58m 05.90 and +07° 12` 48.8 .

Proper Motion of BU Canis Minoris

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 -9.16 ± 0.24 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -9.83 ± 0.39 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 34.00000 km/s with an error of about 6.50 km/s .

BU 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 158.70 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 BU Canis Minoris

BU Canis Minoris has a spectral type of A0V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,582.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,729.70 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.03 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 10,010 Kelvin.

BU Canis Minoris Radius has been calculated as being 4.17 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,900,854.58.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 3.73. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

BU Canis Minoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

BU Canis Minoris has an apparent magnitude of 6.42 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 -0.64 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.40. 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 BU Canis Minoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.87 which gave the calculated distance to BU Canis Minoris as 842.80 light years away from Earth or 258.40 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 842.80 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 4.32 which put BU Canis Minoris at a distance of 755.01 light years or 231.48 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 7,582.00 Parsecs or 24,729.70 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 BU Canis Minoris

The star is a eclipsing binary system Beta Persei (Algol) 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. BU Canis Minoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.506 to a magnitude of 6.405 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.

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameBU Canis Minoris
Alternative NamesHD 65241, HIP 38945, BD+07 1879, BU CMi
Spectral TypeA0V
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanis Minor
Absolute Magnitude-0.64 / -0.40
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.42
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 58m 05.90
Declination (Dec.)+07° 12` 48.8
Galactic Latitude18.09 degrees
Galactic Longitude214.02 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.87 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 842.80 Light Years
 258.40 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.32 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 755.01 Light Years
 231.48 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,729.70 Light Years / 7,582.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-9.16 ± 0.24 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-9.83 ± 0.39 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.03
Radial Velocity34.00 ± 6.50 km/s
Eccentricity0.08
Semi-Major Axis7128.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)158.70

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEclipsing binary system
Variable Star TypeBeta Persei (Algol)
Mean Variability Period in Days0.122
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.405 - 6.506

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature10,010 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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