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Gamma1 Normae, HD146143, HIP79790

Gamma1 Normae is a blue to white very luminous supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Norma. Gamma1 Normae is the brightest star in Norma based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Gamma1 Normae is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP79790 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD146143.

Location of Gamma1 Normae

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 Gamma1 Normae, the location is 16h 17m 00.94 and -50d04`05.2 .

Proper Motion of Gamma1 Normae

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 -3.39 ± 0.17 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -1.69 ± 0.27 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Gamma1 Normae

Gamma1 Normae has a spectral type of F9Ia. This means the star is a blue to white supergiant star. The star is 7008.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 22857.5271475200000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.78 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,467 Kelvin.

Gamma1 Normae Radius has been calculated as being 46.50 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 32,353,523.83.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 47.58. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Gamma1 Normae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Gamma1 Normae has an apparent magnitude of 4.97 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 -3.25 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.30. 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 Gamma1 Normae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.27 which gave the calculated distance to Gamma1 Normae as 1436.84 light years away from Earth or 440.53 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1436.84 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 2.22 which put Gamma1 Normae at a distance of 1469.20 light years or 450.45 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 7,008.00 Parsecs or 22,857.53 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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.

Gamma1 Normae Facts

Alternative Names

Bayer DesignationGamma1 Normae
Hipparcos Library I.D.79790
Henry Draper Designation146143

Visual Facts

Star Typesupergiant star
Absolute Magnitude-3.25 / -3.30
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.97
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)16h 17m 00.94
Declination (Dec.)-50d04`05.2
Galactic Latitude0.39 degrees
Galactic Longitude333.04 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.27 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1436.84 Light Years
 440.53 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth2.22 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1469.20 Light Years
 450.45 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance22,857.53 Light Years / 7,008.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-3.39 ± 0.17 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-1.69 ± 0.27 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.78
Radial Velocity-16.00 ± 5.10 km/s
Spectral TypeF9Ia
Colour(F) blue to white

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,467 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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Location of Gamma1 Normae in Norma

Gamma1 Normae (Gamma1 Normae) Location in Norma

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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