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Gamma Mensae, HD37763, HIP25918

Gamma Mensae is a orange to red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Mensa. Gamma Mensae is the brightest star in Mensa 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.

Gamma Mensae is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP25918 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD37763.

Location of Gamma Mensae

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 Gamma Mensae, the location is 05h 31m 52.66 and -76d20`30.0 .

Proper Motion of Gamma Mensae

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 286.85 ± 0.63 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 142.50 ± 0.81 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Gamma Mensae 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 45.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Gamma Mensae

Gamma Mensae has a spectral type of K4III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star is 7392.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24109.9943884800000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.13 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,611 Kelvin.

Gamma Mensae Radius has been calculated as being 4.16 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,895,814.80.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 4.22. 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 0.27 with an error value of 0.07 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Gamma Mensae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Gamma Mensae has an apparent magnitude of 5.18 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 2.73 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.70. 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 Mensae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 32.43 which gave the calculated distance to Gamma Mensae as 100.57 light years away from Earth or 30.84 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 100.57 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 31.89 which put Gamma Mensae at a distance of 102.28 light years or 31.36 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 7,392.00 Parsecs or 24,109.99 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.

Gamma Mensae Facts

Alternative Names

Bayer DesignationGamma Mensae
Hipparcos Library I.D.25918
Henry Draper Designation37763

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude2.73 / 2.70
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.18
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 31m 52.66
Declination (Dec.)-76d20`30.0
Galactic Latitude-30.97 degrees
Galactic Longitude287.92 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth32.43 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 100.57 Light Years
 30.84 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth31.89 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 102.28 Light Years
 31.36 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,109.99 Light Years / 7,392.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.286.85 ± 0.63 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.142.50 ± 0.81 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.13
Radial Velocity56.70 ± 0.80 km/s
Iron Abundance0.27 ± 0.07 Fe/H
Spectral TypeK4III
Colour(K) Orange to Red

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)45.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature4,611 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

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
37763-76 333.4A5.10000112.00000285.00000K0Orange
B11.100001918

Location of Gamma Mensae in Mensa


Gamma Mensae (Gamma Mensae) Location in Mensa

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


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