Iota Canis Majoris is a blue luminous giant star that can be located in the constellation of CanisMajor. Iota Canis Majoris is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP33347 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD51309. Iota Canis Majoris has alternative name(s), 20 Canis Majoris , 20 CMa.
The location of the star in the galaxy 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 Iota Canis Majoris, the location is 06h 56m 08.23 and -17d03`15.3 .
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 002.42 ± 000.15 towards the north and -003.56 ± 000.20 east if we saw them in the horizon.
Iota Canis Majoris has a spectral type of B3Ib/II. This means the star is a blue luminous giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.06 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 12,136 Kelvin.
Iota Canis Majoris has been calculated as 26.72 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 18,590,487.96.km.
Iota Canis Majoris has an apparent magnitude of 4.36 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 -5.51 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -5.07. 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.06 which gave the calculated distance to Iota Canis Majoris as 3077.01 light years away from Earth or 943.40 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 3077.01 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 1.30 which put Iota Canis Majoris at a distance of 2508.95 light years or 769.23 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.
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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.
|Short Name||20 CMa|
|Bayer Designation||Iota Canis Majoris|
|Alternative Name(s)||20 Canis Majoris|
|Hipparcos Library I.D.||33347|
|Bonner Durchmusterung||BD-16 1661|
|Henry Draper Designation||51309|
|Star Type||luminous giant star|
|Absolute Magnitude||-5.51 / -5.07|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||06h 56m 08.23|
|1997 Distance from Earth||1.06 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|3077.01 Light Years|
|2007 Revised Distance from Earth||1.30 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|2508.95 Light Years|
|Proper Motion Dec.||2.42 ± 0.15 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||-3.56 ± 0.20 milliarcseconds/year|
|Radius (x the Sun)||26.72|
|Calculated Effective Temperature||12,136 Kelvin|