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CK Piscium

CK Piscium Facts

  • CK Piscium is a variable star that can be located in the constellation of Pisces. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • CK Piscium is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (K5) of the star, the star's colour is orange to red .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • The star is calculated at being about 2651.73 light years away from us. Distance

CK Piscium's Alternative Names

HIP3808 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD4677.

CK Piscium has alternative name(s) :- , CK Psc.

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+12 95.

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

Location of CK Piscium

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 CK Piscium, the location is 00h 48m 56.93 and +12° 52` 46.9 .

Physical Properties of CK Piscium

CK Piscium Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of K5 , CK Piscium's colour and type is orange to red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.76 which means the star's temperature is about 3,212 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

CK Piscium Radius

CK Piscium estimated radius has been calculated as being 57.73 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 40,165,261.58.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 rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

CK Piscium Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

CK Piscium has an apparent magnitude of 8.14 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 -1.41 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 CK Piscium

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.23000 which gave the calculated distance to CK Piscium as 2651.73 light years away from Earth or 813.01 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 15,588,527,260,832,174.15, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

Travel Time to CK Piscium

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)
Airbus A3807362,416,160,643.50
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2692,317,693,316.97
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.541,158,845,148.13
New Horizons Probe33,00053,887,704.05
Speed of Light670,616,629.002,651.73
CK Piscium brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.300 to a magnitude of 8.196 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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Additional CK Piscium Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameCK Piscium
Alternative NamesHD 4677, HIP 3808, BD+12 95, CK Psc
Spectral TypeK5
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -1.41
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.14
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)00h 48m 56.93
Declination (Dec.)+12° 52` 46.9
Galactic Latitude-49.98748734 degrees
Galactic Longitude121.98842188 degrees
Distance from Earth1.23000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2651.73 Light Years
 813.01 Parsecs
 167,694,181.62 Astronomical Units
B-V Index1.76

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.088
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.196 - 8.300

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)57.73
Effective Temperature3,212 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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