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Gamma Delphini, Gamma Delphini A, 12 Delphini, HD197963, HIP102531, HR7947

Gamma Delphini (Gamma Delphini A) is a blue supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Delphinus. 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. The star has an estimated age of 1.90 Billion of Years but could be as young as 1.80 to 2.00 according to Hipparcos.

Gamma Delphini's Alternative Names

Gamma Delphini A (Gam01 Del) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR7947. HIP102531 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD197963.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 12 Delphini with it shortened to 12 Del.

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

Location of Gamma Delphini

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 Gamma Delphini, the location is 20h 46m 38.87 and +16° 07` 28.6 .

Proper Motion of Gamma Delphini

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 -199.77 ± 0.57 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -25.47 ± 1.09 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 -7.70000 km/s with an error of about 0.30 km/s .

Gamma Delphini 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 10.76 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, Age) of Gamma Delphini

Gamma Delphini has a spectral type of A2Ia+.... This means the star is a blue supergiant star. The star is 7,383.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,080.64 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.49 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,140 Kelvin.

Gamma Delphini Radius has been calculated as being 2.44 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,694,435.62.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 2.93. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is 0.09 with an error value of 0.01 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 1.90 Billion years old but could be between 1.80 and 2.00 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

Gamma Delphini Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Gamma Delphini has an apparent magnitude of 5.15 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 2.65 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.25. 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 Gamma Delphini

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 31.69 which gave the calculated distance to Gamma Delphini as 102.92 light years away from Earth or 31.56 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 102.92 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 26.35 which put Gamma Delphini at a distance of 123.78 light years or 37.95 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 7,383.00 Parsecs or 24,080.64 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.

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameGamma Delphini
Alternative NamesGamma Delphini A, Gam01 Del, HD 197963, HIP 102531, HR 7947, 12 Delphini, 12 Del
Spectral TypeA2Ia+...
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationDelphinus
Age1.90 Billion Years Old
Age Range1.80 - 2.00 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude2.65 / 2.25
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.15
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)20h 46m 38.87
Declination (Dec.)+16° 07` 28.6
Galactic Latitude-16.58 degrees
Galactic Longitude61.49 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth31.69 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 102.92 Light Years
 31.56 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth26.35 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 123.78 Light Years
 37.95 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,080.64 Light Years / 7,383.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-199.77 ± 0.57 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-25.47 ± 1.09 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.49
Radial Velocity-7.70 ± 0.30 km/s
Iron Abundance0.09 ± 0.01 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.18
Semi-Major Axis6730.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)10.76
Associated / Clustered StarsGamma Delphini B

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature6,140 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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