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Gamma Delphini B (Companion Star) Facts

Gamma Delphini B Facts

  • Gamma Delphini B is a subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Delphinus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Gamma Delphini B is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (K1IV) of the star, the star's colour is orange to red .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 126.32 light years away from us. Distance

Gamma Delphini B's Alternative Names

Gamma Delphini B (Gam02 Del) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in 1603. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation, there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR7948. HIP102532 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD197964.

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

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+15 4255.

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

Location of Gamma Delphini B

The location of the subgiant 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 Gamma Delphini B, the location is 20h 46m 39.52 and +16° 07` 29.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Gamma Delphini B

Proper Motion

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 -199.96 ± 0.71 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -24.17 ± 1.32 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is -6.41000 km/s with an error of about 0.09 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

Physical Properties of Gamma Delphini B

Gamma Delphini B Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of K1IV , Gamma Delphini B's colour and type is orange to red subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.04 which means the star's temperature is about 4,773 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

Gamma Delphini B 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 23.91 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Gamma Delphini B Radius

Gamma Delphini B estimated radius has been calculated as being 5.93 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,128,451.55.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 7.4012909975157083698975763412. 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.

Gamma Delphini B Iron Abundance

Gamma Delphini B Iron Abundance is 0.22 with an error value of 0.02 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context. The value comes from the Hipparcos Extended Catalog.

Gamma Delphini B Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Gamma Delphini B has an apparent magnitude of 4.27 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 1.81 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.33. 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 B

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 32.14000 which gave the calculated distance to Gamma Delphini B as 101.48 light years away from Earth or 31.11 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 596,562,902,870,672.74, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 25.82000 which put Gamma Delphini B at a distance of 126.32 light years or 38.73 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 7,988,580.28 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun. The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,386.00 Parsecs or 24,090.42 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to Gamma Delphini B

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 A380736115,098,223.61
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269110,407,552.73
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5455,203,704.42
New Horizons Probe33,0002,567,039.17
Speed of Light670,616,629.00126.32

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 Gamma Delphini B Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameGamma Delphini B
Alternative NamesGam02 Del, HD 197964, HIP 102532, HR 7948, 12 Delphini B, 12 Del B, BD+15 4255
Spectral TypeK1IV
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeSubgiant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 1.81 / 1.33
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.27
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)20h 46m 39.52
Declination (Dec.)+16° 07` 29.2
Galactic Latitude-16.57766457 degrees
Galactic Longitude61.49423406 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth32.14000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 101.48 Light Years
 31.11 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth25.82000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 126.32 Light Years
 38.73 Parsecs
 7,988,580.28 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,090.42 Light Years / 7,386.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-199.96000 ± 0.71000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-24.17000 ± 1.32000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.04
Radial Velocity-6.41000 ± 0.09 km/s
Iron Abundance0.2200 ± 0.02 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7009.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)23.9100000
Associated / Clustered StarsGamma Delphini

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)7.40
Effective Temperature4,773 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Delphinus Main Stars

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