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Kappa Canis Majoris, 13 Canis Majoris, HD50013, HIP32759, HR2538

Kappa Canis Majoris is a blue eruptive subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Canis Major. 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.

Kappa Canis Majoris's Alternative Names

Kappa Canis Majoris (Kap Cma) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR2538. HIP32759 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD50013.

Kappa Canis Majoris has alternative name(s) :- , kap CMa.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 13 Canis Majoris with it shortened to 13 CMa.

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

Location of Kappa Canis Majoris

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 Kappa Canis Majoris, the location is 06h 49m 50.47 and -32° 30` 30.6 .

Proper Motion of Kappa Canis Majoris

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 3.73 ± 0.10 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -8.84 ± 0.12 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 14.00000 km/s with an error of about 4.10 km/s .

Kappa Canis Majoris 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 2,791.11 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Kappa Canis Majoris

Kappa Canis Majoris has a spectral type of B1.5IVne. This means the star is a blue subgiant star. The star is 7,493.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,439.42 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.11 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 12,006 Kelvin.

Kappa Canis Majoris Radius has been calculated as being 10.43 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 7,254,788.04.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 8.71. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Kappa Canis Majoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Kappa Canis Majoris has an apparent magnitude of 3.50 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 -3.42 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.03. 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 Kappa Canis Majoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.13 which gave the calculated distance to Kappa Canis Majoris as 789.74 light years away from Earth or 242.13 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 789.74 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 4.95 which put Kappa Canis Majoris at a distance of 658.92 light years or 202.02 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 star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,493.00 Parsecs or 24,439.42 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of Kappa Canis Majoris

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. Kappa Canis Majoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 3.552 to a magnitude of 3.401 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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 NameKappa Canis Majoris
Alternative NamesKap Cma, HD 50013, HIP 32759, HR 2538, 13 Canis Majoris, 13 CMa, kap CMa
Spectral TypeB1.5IVne
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeSubgiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanis Major
Absolute Magnitude-3.42 / -3.03
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.50
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 49m 50.47
Declination (Dec.)-32° 30` 30.6
Galactic Latitude-14.49 degrees
Galactic Longitude242.36 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.13 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 789.74 Light Years
 242.13 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.95 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 658.92 Light Years
 202.02 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,439.42 Light Years / 7,493.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.3.73 ± 0.10 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-8.84 ± 0.12 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.11
Radial Velocity14.00 ± 4.10 km/s
Semi-Major Axis8130.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)2,791.11

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeGamma Cassiopeiae
Mean Variability Period in Days0.125
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)3.401 - 3.552

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature12,006 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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