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KP Muscae

KP Muscae Facts

  • KP Muscae is a eruptive main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Musca. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • KP Muscae is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (B3Ve) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • The star is calculated at being about 5017.90 light years away from us. Distance

KP Muscae's Alternative Names

HIP56252 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD100324.

KP Muscae has alternative name(s) :- , KP Mus.

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

Location of KP Muscae

The location of the main sequence 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For KP Muscae, the location is 11h 31m 50.70 and -68° 03` 28.6 .

Physical Properties of KP Muscae

KP Muscae Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of B3Ve , KP Muscae's colour and type is blue main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.12 which means the star's temperature is about 8,298 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

KP Muscae Radius

KP Muscae estimated radius has been calculated as being 13.46 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 9,364,061.06.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

KP Muscae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

KP Muscae has an apparent magnitude of 8.57 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.37 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 KP Muscae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.65000 which gave the calculated distance to KP Muscae as 5017.90 light years away from Earth or 1538.46 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 29,498,354,260,098,036.62, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

Travel Time to KP Muscae

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807364,572,129,324.27
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2694,385,798,439.22
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.542,192,896,361.55
New Horizons Probe33,000101,972,338.87
Speed of Light670,616,629.005,017.90

Variable Type of KP Muscae

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. KP Muscae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.681 to a magnitude of 8.545 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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Additional KP Muscae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameKP Muscae
Alternative NamesHD 100324, HIP 56252, KP Mus
Spectral TypeB3Ve
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -2.37
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.57
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)11h 31m 50.70
Declination (Dec.)-68° 03` 28.6
Galactic Latitude-6.32954534 degrees
Galactic Longitude295.58028633 degrees
Distance from Earth0.65000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 5017.90 Light Years
 1538.46 Parsecs
 317,327,942.65 Astronomical Units
B-V Index0.12
Radial Velocity-3.00000 ± 10.00 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeGamma Cassiopeiae
Mean Variability Period in Days0.103
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.545 - 8.681

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)13.46
Effective Temperature8,298 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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