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Gamma Piscium, 6 Piscium, HD219615, HIP114971, HR8852

Gamma Piscium is a white to yellow giant star that can be located in the constellation of Pisces. Gamma Piscium is the brightest star in Pisces 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 Piscium is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR8852. HIP114971 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD219615. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 21. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major.

Location of Gamma Piscium

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 Piscium, the location is 23h 17m 09.49 and +03d 16` 56.1 .

Proper Motion of Gamma Piscium

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 17.77 ± 0.12 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 759.82 ± 0.18 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

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

Gamma Piscium has a spectral type of G7III. This means the star is a white to yellow giant star. The star is 7397.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24126.3025556800000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.91 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,031 Kelvin.

Gamma Piscium Radius has been calculated as being 8.99 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 6,252,770.94.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 9.45. 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 -0.49 with an error value of 0.02 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Gamma Piscium Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Gamma Piscium has an apparent magnitude of 3.70 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 0.68 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.57. 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 Piscium

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 24.92 which gave the calculated distance to Gamma Piscium as 130.88 light years away from Earth or 40.13 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 130.88 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 23.64 which put Gamma Piscium at a distance of 137.97 light years or 42.30 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 7,397.00 Parsecs or 24,126.30 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 Piscium Facts

Alternative Names

Flamsteed Name6 Piscium
Flamsteed Short Name6 Psc
Bayer DesignationGamma Piscium
Hipparcos Library I.D.114971
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id8852
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+02 4648
Gould I.D.21
Henry Draper Designation219615

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude0.68 / 0.57
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.70
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)23h 17m 09.49
Declination (Dec.)+03d 16` 56.1
Galactic Latitude-52.03 degrees
Galactic Longitude82.48 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth24.92 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 130.88 Light Years
 40.13 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth23.64 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 137.97 Light Years
 42.30 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,126.30 Light Years / 7,397.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.17.77 ± 0.12 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.759.82 ± 0.18 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.91
Radial Velocity-14.42 ± 0.21 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.49 ± 0.02 Fe/H
Spectral TypeG7III
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,031 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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