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HIP 32978 Facts

HIP 32978's Alternative Names

HIP32978 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

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

Location of HIP 32978

The location of the 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 32978, the location is 06h 52m 10.84 and -56° 30` 57.4 .

Proper Motion of HIP 32978

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 -56.83 ± 0.85 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -9.88 ± 0.89 miliarcseconds/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.

HIP 32978 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 3.92 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 32978
Alternative NamesHIP 32978
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeStar
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCarina
Absolute Magnitude 3.30 / 3.32
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.03
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 52m 10.84
Declination (Dec.)-56° 30` 57.4
Galactic Latitude-22.25 degrees
Galactic Longitude266.34 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth7.16 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 455.54 Light Years
 139.66 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth7.21 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 452.38 Light Years
 138.70 Parsecs
 28,608,729.28 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,165.44 Light Years / 7,409.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-56.83 ± 0.85 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-9.88 ± 0.89 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.50
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)3.92

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

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