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BV Canis Minoris

BV Canis Minoris Facts

BV Canis Minoris's Alternative Names

HIP38987 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD65396.

BV Canis Minoris has alternative name(s) :- BV CMi, BV 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 1840.

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

Location of BV 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 BV Canis Minoris, the location is 07h 58m 45.18 and +05° 37` 23.8 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of BV Canis Minoris

BV Canis Minoris Colour and Temperature

BV Canis Minoris has a spectral type of B9. This means the star is a blue variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.07 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 12,523 Kelvin.

BV Canis Minoris Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 6.69 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,655,828.64.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

BV Canis Minoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

BV Canis Minoris has an apparent magnitude of 6.95 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.64 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 BV Canis Minoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.21 which gave the calculated distance to BV Canis Minoris as 2695.56 light years away from Earth or 826.45 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 2695.56 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of BV Canis Minoris

The star is a eclipsing binary sys 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. BV Canis Minoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.030 to a magnitude of 6.910 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 2.7 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 BV Canis Minoris Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameBV Canis Minoris
Alternative NamesBV CMi, HD 65396, HIP 38987, BD+06 1840, BV CMi
Spectral TypeB9
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeVariable Star
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanis Minor
Absolute Magnitude -2.64
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.95
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 58m 45.18
Declination (Dec.)+05° 37` 23.8
Galactic Latitude17.52 degrees
Galactic Longitude215.59 degrees
Distance from Earth1.21 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2695.56 Light Years
 826.45 Parsecs
 170,466,361.30 Astronomical Units
B-V Index-0.07

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEclipsing binary sys
Variable Star TypeBeta Persei (Algol)
Mean Variability Period in Days2.683
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.910 - 7.030

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)6.69
Effective Temperature12,523 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

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.

Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
65396+06 1840.0A6.80000-12.00000-9.00000B9Blue/White

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