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GG Lupi

GG Lupi Facts

GG Lupi's Alternative Names

HIP74950 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD135876.

GG Lupi has alternative name(s) :- GG Lup, GG Lup.

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

Location of GG Lupi

The location of the main sequence 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 GG Lupi, the location is 15h 18m 56.39 and -40° 47` 17.4 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of GG Lupi

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 -21.63 ± 0.17 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -17.95 ± 0.30 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 11.00 km/s with an error of about 7.40 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.

GG Lupi 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 244.61 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) of GG Lupi

GG Lupi Colour and Temperature

GG Lupi has a spectral type of B9V. This means the star is a blue main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.09 which means the star's temperature is about 11,375 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being .

GG Lupi Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 2.89 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,011,356.01.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 3.07. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

GG Lupi Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

GG Lupi has an apparent magnitude of 5.59 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 -0.40 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.53. 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 GG Lupi

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.34 which gave the calculated distance to GG Lupi as 514.45 light years away from Earth or 157.73 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 344,998,724,789.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 5.96 which put GG Lupi at a distance of 547.25 light years or 167.79 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 34,608,930.68 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 7,259.00 Parsecs or 23,676.20 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 GG Lupi

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 A380736498,634,443.23
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269478,313,277.64
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54239,156,327.12
New Horizons Probe33,00011,121,059.10
Speed of Light670,616,629.00547.25

Variable Type of GG Lupi

The star is a eclipsing binary sys Beta Persei (Algol) variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. GG Lupi brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.070 to a magnitude of 5.552 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.8 days (variability).

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 GG Lupi Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameGG Lupi
Alternative NamesGG Lup, HD 135876, HIP 74950, GG Lup
Spectral TypeB9V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -0.40 / -0.53
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.59
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 18m 56.39
Declination (Dec.)-40° 47` 17.4
Galactic Latitude13.95 degrees
Galactic Longitude330.85 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.34 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 514.45 Light Years
 157.73 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth5.96 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 547.25 Light Years
 167.79 Parsecs
 34,608,930.68 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,676.20 Light Years / 7,259.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-21.63 ± 0.17 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-17.95 ± 0.30 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.09
Radial Velocity11.00 ± 7.40 km/s
Semi-Major Axis6509.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)244.61

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEclipsing binary sys
Variable Star TypeBeta Persei (Algol)
Mean Variability Period in Days1.850
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.552 - 6.070

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)3.07
Effective Temperature11,375 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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