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HK Carinae

HK Carinae Facts

  • HK Carinae is a pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Carina. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • HK Carinae is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (G5) of the star, the star's colour is yellow .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 1208.01 light years away from us. Distance

HK Carinae's Alternative Names

HIP54066 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD305974.

HK Carinae has alternative name(s) :- HK Car, HK Car.

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

Location of HK Carinae

The location of the variable 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 HK Carinae, the location is 11h 03m 45.21 and -60° 38` 32.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HK Carinae

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 -2.15 ± 1.95 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 7.04 ± 2.40 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 8.00000 km/s with an error of about 4.70 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 HK Carinae

HK Carinae Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of G5 , HK Carinae's colour and type is yellow variable star. Based on the star's spectral, the stars temperature is between 5,200.00 and 6,000.00 degrees kelvin.

HK Carinae Radius

HK Carinae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HK Carinae has an apparent magnitude of 10.13 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 3.74 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.29. 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 HK Carinae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 5.27000 which gave the calculated distance to HK Carinae as 618.91 light years away from Earth or 189.75 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 3,638,340,029,717,068.07, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 2.70000 which put HK Carinae at a distance of 1208.01 light years or 370.37 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 76,393,763.97 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.

Travel Time to HK Carinae

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)
Walking4202,527,898,499.57
Car1206,750,929,949.99
Airbus A3807361,100,695,100.54
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2691,055,837,775.28
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54527,918,199.59
New Horizons Probe33,00024,548,836.18
Speed of Light670,616,629.001,208.01

Variable Type of HK Carinae

The star is a pulsating Delta Cepheid variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. HK Carinae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 10.446 to a magnitude of 10.094 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 6.7 days (variability).

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 HK Carinae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHK Carinae
Alternative NamesHK Car, HD 305974, HIP 54066, HK Car
Spectral TypeG5
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourYellow
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCarina
Absolute Magnitude 3.74 / 2.29
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.13
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)11h 03m 45.21
Declination (Dec.)-60° 38` 32.2
Galactic Latitude-0.48028475 degrees
Galactic Longitude290.10657712 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth5.27000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 618.91 Light Years
 189.75 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.70000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1208.01 Light Years
 370.37 Parsecs
 76,393,763.97 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-2.15000 ± 1.95000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.7.04000 ± 2.40000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-99
Radial Velocity8.00000 ± 4.70 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Cepheid
Mean Variability Period in Days6.695
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)10.094 - 10.446

Estimated Calculated Facts


Calculated Temperature Range5,200.00 - 6,000.00

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.


Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
305974-59 2989.4A10.300006.00000-3.00000G5Yellow
B13.400006.00000-3.000001991

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