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Kullat Nunu, Eta Piscium, 99 Piscium, HD9270, HIP7097, HR437

Kullat Nunu (Eta Piscium) is a white to yellow giant star that can be located in the constellation of Pisces. Kullat Nunu is the 1st brightest star in Pisces 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.

Eta Piscium is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR437. HIP7097 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD9270.

Kullat Nunu has alternative name(s), Alpherg , .

Location of Kullat Nunu

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 Kullat Nunu, the location is 01h 31m 28.99 and +15d 20` 45.0 .

Proper Motion of Kullat Nunu

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 -2.64 ± 0.43 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 27.14 ± 0.72 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Kullat Nunu 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 113.0000000 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 Kullat Nunu

Kullat Nunu has a spectral type of G8III. This means the star is a white to yellow giant star. The star is 7454.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24312.2156617600000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.97 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,907 Kelvin.

Kullat Nunu Radius has been calculated as being 22.04 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 15,337,942.40.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 26.14. 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 -0.06 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Kullat Nunu Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Kullat Nunu has an apparent magnitude of 3.62 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 -1.16 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.53. 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 Kullat Nunu

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 11.09 which gave the calculated distance to Kullat Nunu as 294.11 light years away from Earth or 90.17 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 294.11 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 9.33 which put Kullat Nunu at a distance of 349.59 light years or 107.18 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 7,454.00 Parsecs or 24,312.22 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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.

Kullat Nunu Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameKullat Nunu
Flamsteed Name99 Piscium
Flamsteed Short Name99 Psc
Bayer DesignationEta Piscium
Alternative Name(s)Alpherg
Hipparcos Library I.D.7097
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id437
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+14 231
Henry Draper Designation9270

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude-1.16 / -1.53
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.62
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)01h 31m 28.99
Declination (Dec.)+15d 20` 45.0
Galactic Latitude-46.43 degrees
Galactic Longitude137.01 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth11.09 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 294.11 Light Years
 90.17 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth9.33 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 349.59 Light Years
 107.18 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,312.22 Light Years / 7,454.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-2.64 ± 0.43 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.27.14 ± 0.72 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.97
Radial Velocity13.90 ± 0.30 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.06 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeG8III
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)113.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature4,907 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
9270+14 231.0A3.7000027.00000-2.00000G5Yellow

Location of Kullat Nunu in Pisces

Kullat Nunu (Eta Piscium) Location in Pisces

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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