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KM Canis Majoris, HD46347, HIP31086

KM Canis Majoris is a red eruptive giant star that can be located in the constellation of CanisMajor. 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.

KM Canis Majoris's Alternative Names

HIP31086 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD46347.

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

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

Location of KM 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 KM Canis Majoris, the location is 06h 31m 24.01 and -32° 52` 06.8 .

Proper Motion of KM 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 7.53 ± 0.30 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -17.70 ± 0.41 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of KM Canis Majoris

KM Canis Majoris has a spectral type of M4III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7,546.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,612.29 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.66 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,608 Kelvin.

KM Canis Majoris Radius has been calculated as being 39.66 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 27,597,235.00.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 41.15. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

KM Canis Majoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

KM Canis Majoris has an apparent magnitude of 6.31 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 -1.10 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.18. 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 KM Canis Majoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.30 which gave the calculated distance to KM Canis Majoris as 988.37 light years away from Earth or 303.03 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 988.37 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 3.18 which put KM Canis Majoris at a distance of 1025.67 light years or 314.47 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 7,546.00 Parsecs or 24,612.29 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 KM Canis Majoris

The star is a eruptive Irregular 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. KM Canis Majoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.499 to a magnitude of 6.240 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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 KM Canis Majoris
Alternative NamesHD 46347, HIP 31086, KM CMa
Spectral TypeM4III
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanis Major
Absolute Magnitude-1.10 / -1.18
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.31
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 31m 24.01
Declination (Dec.)-32° 52` 06.8
Galactic Latitude-18.22 degrees
Galactic Longitude241.18 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.30 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 988.37 Light Years
 303.03 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.18 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1025.67 Light Years
 314.47 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,612.29 Light Years / 7,546.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.7.53 ± 0.30 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-17.70 ± 0.41 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.66

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeIrregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.246
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.240 - 6.499

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature3,608 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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