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Gliese 83.3

Gliese 83.3 Facts

Gliese 83.3's Alternative Names

HIP9481 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD12208. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 83.3. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Star Names

Gliese 83.3 has alternative name(s) :- , V598 Cas.

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+61 366.

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

Location of Gliese 83.3

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 Gliese 83.3, the location is 02h 01m 59.05 and +61° 54` 18.3 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Gliese 83.3

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 -9.74 ± 0.59 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 7.79 ± 0.76 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 -29.62 km/s with an error of about 0.30 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, Temperature) of Gliese 83.3

Gliese 83.3 Colour and Temperature

Gliese 83.3 has a spectral type of K5V. This means the star is a orange to red main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.68 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,539 Kelvin.

Gliese 83.3 Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 18.84 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 13,110,547.08.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 22.24. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Gliese 83.3 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Gliese 83.3 has an apparent magnitude of 7.46 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 0.60 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.24. 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 Gliese 83.3

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.25 which gave the calculated distance to Gliese 83.3 as 767.44 light years away from Earth or 235.29 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 767.44 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 3.60 which put Gliese 83.3 at a distance of 906.01 light years or 277.78 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 57,295,838.64 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.

Variable Type of Gliese 83.3

The star is a pulsating Slow Irregular 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. Gliese 83.3 brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.552 to a magnitude of 7.429 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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 Gliese 83.3 Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameGliese 83.3
Alternative NamesHD 12208, HIP 9481, BD+61 366, Gliese 83.3, V598 Cas
Spectral TypeK5V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCassiopeia
Absolute Magnitude 0.60 / 0.24
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.46
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)02h 01m 59.05
Declination (Dec.)+61° 54` 18.3
Galactic Latitude0.16 degrees
Galactic Longitude131.14 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.25 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 767.44 Light Years
 235.29 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.60 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 906.01 Light Years
 277.78 Parsecs
 57,295,838.64 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-9.74 ± 0.59 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.7.79 ± 0.76 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.68
Radial Velocity-29.62 ± 0.30 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSlow Irregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.102
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.429 - 7.552

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)22.24
Effective Temperature3,539 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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