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HIP 32882, HD50176

HIP 32882 Facts

HIP 32882's Alternative Names

HIP32882 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD50176.

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

Location of HIP 32882

The location of the subgiant 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 HIP 32882, the location is 06h 51m 06.29 and -24° 42` 22.6 .

Proper Motion of HIP 32882

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 5.19 ± 1.05 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -1.71 ± 1.61 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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 HIP 32882

HIP 32882 Colour and Temperature

HIP 32882 has a spectral type of B7/B8III/IV. This means the star is a blue subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.08 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 11,099 Kelvin.

HIP 32882 Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 0.98 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 683,596.77.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 0.66. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HIP 32882 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 32882 has an apparent magnitude of 10.31 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 2.05 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.92. 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 HIP 32882

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.23 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 32882 as 1462.62 light years away from Earth or 448.43 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1462.62 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 3.32 which put HIP 32882 at a distance of 982.42 light years or 301.20 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 62,126,526.74 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.

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 HIP 32882 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 32882
Alternative NamesHD 50176, HIP 32882
Spectral TypeB7/B8III/IV
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeSubgiant Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanis Major
Absolute Magnitude 2.05 / 2.92
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.31
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 51m 06.29
Declination (Dec.)-24° 42` 22.6
Galactic Latitude-11.06 degrees
Galactic Longitude235.17 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.23 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1462.62 Light Years
 448.43 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.32 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 982.42 Light Years
 301.20 Parsecs
 62,126,526.74 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.5.19 ± 1.05 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-1.71 ± 1.61 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.08

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)0.66
Effective Temperature11,099 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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