L2 Puppis is a red pulsating star that can be located in the constellation of Puppis. HIP34922 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD56096. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 73. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major. L2 Puppis has alternative name(s), L02_Pup.
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 L2 Puppis, the location is 07h 13m 32.23 and -44d38`25.9 .
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 324.99 ± 000.86 towards the north and 106.31 ± 000.99 east if we saw them in the horizon.
L2 Puppis has a spectral type of M5e. This means the star is a red star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.33 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,333 Kelvin.
L2 Puppis has been calculated as 13.16 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 9,158,103.42.km.
L2 Puppis has an apparent magnitude of 4.42 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 0.50 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.39. 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 16.46 which gave the calculated distance to L2 Puppis as 198.16 light years away from Earth or 60.75 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 198.16 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 15.61 which put L2 Puppis at a distance of 208.95 light years or 64.06 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 is a pulsating Semiregular late- (M, C, S or Me, Ce, Se) giants with poorly defined periodicity 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. L2 Puppis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.000 to a magnitude of 4.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 140.0 days (variability).
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.
|Traditional Name||L2 Puppis|
|Short Name||L02 Pup|
|Hipparcos Library I.D.||34922|
|Henry Draper Designation||56096|
|Absolute Magnitude||0.50 / 0.39|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||07h 13m 32.23|
|1997 Distance from Earth||16.46 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|198.16 Light Years|
|2007 Revised Distance from Earth||15.61 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|208.95 Light Years|
|Proper Motion Dec.||324.99 ± 0.86 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||106.31 ± 0.99 milliarcseconds/year|
|Variable Star Class||Pulsating|
|Variable Star Type||Semiregular late- (M, C, S or Me, Ce, Se) giants with poorly defined periodicity|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||140.000|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||4.000 - 5.000|
|Radius (x the Sun)||13.16|
|Calculated Effective Temperature||4,333 Kelvin|
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.
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|H.D. Id||B.D. Id||Star Code||Magnitude||R.A.||Dec.||Spectrum||Colour||Year|