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HR 4049, HD89353, HIP50456

HR 4049 is a blue eruptive luminous giant star that can be located in the constellation of Antlia. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

HR 4049's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR4049. HIP50456 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD89353.

HR 4049 has alternative name(s) :- , AG Ant.

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

Location of HR 4049

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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For HR 4049, the location is 10h 18m 07.60 and -28° 59` 31.3 .

Proper Motion of HR 4049

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 11.14 ± 0.25 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -15.86 ± 0.36 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards us is -33.00000 km/s with an error of about 7.40 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of HR 4049

HR 4049 has a spectral type of B9.5Ib/II. This means the star is a blue luminous giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.27 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,943 Kelvin.

HR 4049 Radius has been calculated as being 33.87 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 23,568,331.76.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 41.29. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HR 4049 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HR 4049 has an apparent magnitude of 5.52 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 -3.60 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.03. 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 HR 4049

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.50 which gave the calculated distance to HR 4049 as 2174.42 light years away from Earth or 666.67 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 2174.42 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 1.23 which put HR 4049 at a distance of 2651.73 light years or 813.01 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.

Variable Type of HR 4049

The star is a eruptive Gamma Cassiopeiae 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. HR 4049 brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.664 to a magnitude of 5.441 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.2 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHR 4049
Alternative NamesHD 89353, HIP 50456, HR 4049, AG Ant
Spectral TypeB9.5Ib/II
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeLuminous Giant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationAntlia
Absolute Magnitude-3.60 / -4.03
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.52
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 18m 07.60
Declination (Dec.)-28° 59` 31.3
Galactic Latitude22.93 degrees
Galactic Longitude266.85 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.50 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2174.42 Light Years
 666.67 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.23 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2651.73 Light Years
 813.01 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.11.14 ± 0.25 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-15.86 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.27
Radial Velocity-33.00 ± 7.40 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeGamma Cassiopeiae
Mean Variability Period in Days0.213
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.441 - 5.664

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature6,943 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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