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HD 57146

HD 57146 Facts

  • HD 57146 is a luminous giant star that can be located in the constellation of Canis Major. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • HD 57146 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (G2II) of the star, the star's colour is yellow .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 1254.47 light years away from us. Distance

HD 57146's Alternative Names

HIP35427 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD57146.

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

Location of HD 57146

The location of the luminous giant 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 57146, the location is 07h 18m 51.28 and -26° 35` 09.1 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HD 57146

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 5.62 ± 0.22 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -8.65 ± 0.29 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 25.20000 km/s with an error of about 1.60 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 of HD 57146

HD 57146 Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of G2II , HD 57146's colour and type is yellow luminous giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.95 which means the star's temperature is about 5,082 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

HD 57146 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 1,276.39 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

HD 57146 Radius

HD 57146 estimated radius has been calculated as being 43.74 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 30,433,086.32.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 40.631233092584345550565197208. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HD 57146 Iron Abundance

HD 57146 Iron Abundance is 0.12 with an error value of 0.06 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context. The value comes from the Hipparcos Extended Catalog.

HD 57146 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 57146 has an apparent magnitude of 5.29 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 -2.80 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.64. 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 57146

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.41000 which gave the calculated distance to HD 57146 as 1353.37 light years away from Earth or 414.94 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 7,955,955,221,305,502.27, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 2.60000 which put HD 57146 at a distance of 1254.47 light years or 384.62 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 79,333,016.98 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 7,597.00 Parsecs or 24,778.63 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to HD 57146

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807361,143,027,775.25
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2691,096,445,239.65
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54548,221,905.31
New Horizons Probe33,00025,492,983.11
Speed of Light670,616,629.001,254.47

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 57146 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 57146
Alternative NamesHD 57146, HIP 35427
Spectral TypeG2II
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeLuminous Giant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanis Major
Absolute Magnitude -2.80 / -2.64
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.29
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 18m 51.28
Declination (Dec.)-26° 35` 09.1
Galactic Latitude-6.26269329 degrees
Galactic Longitude239.65327376 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.41000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1353.37 Light Years
 414.94 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.60000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1254.47 Light Years
 384.62 Parsecs
 79,333,016.98 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,778.63 Light Years / 7,597.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.5.62000 ± 0.22000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-8.65000 ± 0.29000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.95
Radial Velocity25.20000 ± 1.60 km/s
Iron Abundance0.1200 ± 0.06 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7995.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)1276.3900000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)40.63
Effective Temperature5,082 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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