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GK Persei

GK Persei Facts

GK Persei's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1057. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD21629.

GK Persei has alternative name(s) :- GK Per.

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

Location of GK Persei

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 GK Persei, the location is 03h 31m 12.012 and +43` 54° 15.48 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of GK Persei

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 -22.76 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -6.02 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 the Sun is 5.70 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 (Colour) of GK Persei

GK Persei has a spectral type of K1IV. This means the star is a orange to red subgiant star.

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameGK Persei
Alternative NamesGK Per, HD 21629, HR 1057
Spectral TypeK1IV
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeSubgiant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPerseus
Right Ascension (R.A.)03h 31m 12.012
Declination (Dec.)+43` 54° 15.48
Proper Motion Dec.-22.76 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-6.02 milliarcseconds/year
Radial Velocity5.70 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

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