Kappa Crucis (Kap Cru) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in the early nineteenth century. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation although there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.
The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR4890. HIP62931 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD111973.
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The location of the supergiant 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 HD 111973, the location is 12h 53m 48.92 and -60° 22` 34.5 .
HD 111973 has a spectral type of B5Ia. This means the star is a blue supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.2 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,400 Kelvin.
HD 111973 has an apparent magnitude of 5.89 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -1.96 which gave the calculated distance to HD 111973 as -1664.10 light years away from Earth or -510.20 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -1664.10 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet. HD 111973 brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.998 to a magnitude of 5.931 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 days (variability).
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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||HD 111973|
|Alternative Names||Kappa Crucis, Kap Cru, HD 111973, HIP 62931, HR 4890|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Star Type||very luminous Supergiant Star|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||5.89|
|Naked Eye Visible||Yes - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||12h 53m 48.92|
|Declination (Dec.)||-60° 22` 34.5|
|Galactic Latitude||2.49 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||303.23 degrees|
|Distance from Earth||-1.96 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|-1664.10 Light Years|
|-105,235,570.86 Astronomical Units|
|Radial Velocity||-3.50 ± 4.30 km/s|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||0.054|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||5.931 - 5.998|
|Effective Temperature||7,400 Kelvin|
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