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Kappa Chamaeleontis - HD104902 - HIP58905

Kappa Chamaeleontis is a orange to red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Chamaeleon. Kappa Chamaeleontis is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP58905 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD104902.

Location of Kappa Chamaeleontis

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 Kappa Chamaeleontis, the location is 12h 04m 46.66 and -76d31`09.0 .

Proper Motion of Kappa Chamaeleontis

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 046.65 ± 000.20 towards the north and -077.86 ± 000.23 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Kappa Chamaeleontis 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 45.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Kappa Chamaeleontis

Kappa Chamaeleontis has a spectral type of K4III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.49 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,007 Kelvin.

Kappa Chamaeleontis has been calculated as 25.66 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 17,854,805.93.km.

Kappa Chamaeleontis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Kappa Chamaeleontis has an apparent magnitude of 5.04 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 -0.61 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.78. 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 Chamaeleontis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 7.40 which gave the calculated distance to Kappa Chamaeleontis as 440.76 light years away from Earth or 135.14 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 440.76 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 6.84 which put Kappa Chamaeleontis at a distance of 476.85 light years or 146.20 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.

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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

Kappa Chamaeleontis Facts

Alternative Names

Bayer DesignationKappa Chamaeleontis
Hipparcos Library I.D.58905
Henry Draper Designation104902

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude-0.61 / -0.78
Apparent Magnitude5.04
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 04m 46.66
Declination (Dec.)-76d31`09.0
1997 Distance from Earth7.40 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 440.76 Light Years
 135.14 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth6.84 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 476.85 Light Years
 146.20 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.46.65 ± 0.20 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-77.86 ± 0.23 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.49
Spectral TypeK4III
Colour(K) Orange to Red

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)25.66
Luminosity (x the Sun)45.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature4,007 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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