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GY Monocerotis

GY Monocerotis Facts

GY Monocerotis's Alternative Names

HIP33059 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD50436.

GY Monocerotis has alternative name(s) :- , GY Mon.

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-04 1708.

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

Location of GY Monocerotis

The location of the carbon 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 GY Monocerotis, the location is 06h 53m 11.31 and -04° 34` 34.0 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of GY Monocerotis

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 -0.81 ± 0.70 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 0.68 ± 1.12 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 38.80 km/s with an error of about 2.30 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 GY Monocerotis

GY Monocerotis has a spectral type of C4II. This means the star is a carbon red carbon star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 2.46 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 35 Kelvin.

GY Monocerotis Radius has been calculated as being 168,561.57 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 117,285,143,598.32.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 272125.22. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

GY Monocerotis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

GY Monocerotis has an apparent magnitude of 8.19 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 0.89 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.15. 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 GY Monocerotis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.47 which gave the calculated distance to GY Monocerotis as 939.95 light years away from Earth or 288.18 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 939.95 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 2.15 which put GY Monocerotis at a distance of 1517.04 light years or 465.12 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 95,937,218.18 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 GY Monocerotis

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. GY Monocerotis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.326 to a magnitude of 8.055 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.2 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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Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional Name GY Monocerotis
Alternative NamesHD 50436, HIP 33059, BD-04 1708, GY Mon
Spectral TypeC4II
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeCarbon Star
ColourRed
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationMonoceros
Absolute Magnitude 0.89 / -0.15
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.19
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 53m 11.31
Declination (Dec.)-04° 34` 34.0
Galactic Latitude-1.70 degrees
Galactic Longitude217.21 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.47 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 939.95 Light Years
 288.18 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.15 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1517.04 Light Years
 465.12 Parsecs
 95,937,218.18 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-0.81 ± 0.70 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.0.68 ± 1.12 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index2.46
Radial Velocity38.80 ± 2.30 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 Days0.247
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.055 - 8.326

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)272,125.22
Effective Temperature35 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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