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HD 40307

HD 40307 Facts

HD 40307's Alternative Names

HIP27887 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD40307. The Gliese ID of the star is GJ 2046. The star was added to the Gliese catalogue in 1970 by Richard van der Riet Woolley hence the GJ prefix rather than GL prefix.Star Names.

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

Location of HD 40307

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 HD 40307, the location is 05h 54m 04.30 and -60° 01` 24.0 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HD 40307

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 -60.46 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -52.65 ± 0.37 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 31.33 km/s with an error of about 0.00 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.

HD 40307 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 0.28 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, Mass) of HD 40307

HD 40307 Colour and Temperature

HD 40307 has a spectral type of K3V. This means the star is a orange to red main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.93 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,989 Kelvin.

HD 40307 Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 0.59 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 410,483.53.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 0.60. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's solar mass is 0.77 times that of the Sun's. The Sun's Mass is 1,989,100,000,000,000,000,000 billion kg. which to calculate using this website is too large. To give idea of size, the Sun is 99.86% the mass of the solar system.

The star's metallicity is -0.310000, this value is the fractional amount of the star that is not Hydrogen (X) or Helium (Y). An older star would have a high metallicity whereas a new star would have a lower one.

HD 40307 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 40307 has an apparent magnitude of 7.17 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 6.63 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 6.60. 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 HD 40307

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 77.95 which gave the calculated distance to HD 40307 as 41.84 light years away from Earth or 12.83 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 41.84 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 76.95 which put HD 40307 at a distance of 42.39 light years or 13.00 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 2,681,423.80 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 7,400.00 Parsecs or 24,136.09 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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 HD 40307 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 40307
Alternative NamesHD 40307, HIP 27887, Gliese 2046
Spectral TypeK3V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPictor
Absolute Magnitude 6.63 / 6.60
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.17
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 54m 04.30
Declination (Dec.)-60° 01` 24.0
Galactic Latitude-30.34 degrees
Galactic Longitude268.81 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth77.95 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 41.84 Light Years
 12.83 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth76.95 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 42.39 Light Years
 13.00 Parsecs
 2,681,423.80 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,136.09 Light Years / 7,400.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-60.46 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-52.65 ± 0.37 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.93
Radial Velocity31.33 ± 0.00 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.27 ± 0.01 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.12
Semi-Major Axis6736.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)0.28

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet Count6

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)0.60
Effective Temperature4,989 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun0.77

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting HD 40307


NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
HD 40307 bConfirmed0.000944.3110.1220080.0475194.000
HD 40307 cConfirmed0.00149.6210.0520080.0812234.000
HD 40307 dConfirmed0.001820.4120.0720080.13417.000
HD 40307 eConfirmed0.004434.6200.1520120.1886302.000
HD 40307 fConfirmed0.001951.6800.1920120.2485354.000
HD 40307 gConfirmed0.0082197.8000.2920120.691.200

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