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Kappa Pyxidis, HD78541, HIP44824

Kappa Pyxidis is a orange to red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Pyxis. Kappa Pyxidis is the brightest star in Pyxis based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Kappa Pyxidis is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP44824 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD78541.

Kappa Pyxidis has alternative name(s), NSV 04389.

Location of Kappa Pyxidis

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 Pyxidis, the location is 09h 08m 02.86 and -25d51`30.7 .

Proper Motion of Kappa Pyxidis

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 0.30 ± 0.28 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 35.65 ± 0.55 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Kappa Pyxidis 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 Pyxidis

Kappa Pyxidis has a spectral type of K4/K5III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star is 7451.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24302.4307614400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.59 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,804 Kelvin.

Kappa Pyxidis Radius has been calculated as being 38.23 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 26,602,293.80.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 44.10. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.20 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Kappa Pyxidis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Kappa Pyxidis has an apparent magnitude of 4.62 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 -1.25 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.56. 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 Pyxidis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.69 which gave the calculated distance to Kappa Pyxidis as 487.54 light years away from Earth or 149.48 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 487.54 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 5.82 which put Kappa Pyxidis at a distance of 560.42 light years or 171.82 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 7,451.00 Parsecs or 24,302.43 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*. Kappa Pyxidis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.742 to a magnitude of 4.711 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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.

Kappa Pyxidis Facts

Alternative Names

Short NameNSV 04389
Bayer DesignationKappa Pyxidis
Hipparcos Library I.D.44824
Henry Draper Designation78541

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude-1.25 / -1.56
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.62
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)09h 08m 02.86
Declination (Dec.)-25d51`30.7
Galactic Latitude14.52 degrees
Galactic Longitude252.64 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.69 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 487.54 Light Years
 149.48 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth5.82 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 560.42 Light Years
 171.82 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,302.43 Light Years / 7,451.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.0.30 ± 0.28 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.35.65 ± 0.55 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.59
Radial Velocity-44.70 ± 2.80 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.20 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeK4/K5III
Colour(K) Orange to Red

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.023
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.711 - 4.742

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)45.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature3,804 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

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
78541-25 6895.2A4.8000038.000004.00000M0Red
B10.000001911

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