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Mu2 Chamaeleontis - HD88351 - HIP49326

Mu2 Chamaeleontis is a white to yellow giant star that can be located in the constellation of Chamaeleon. Mu2 Chamaeleontis is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP49326 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD88351.

Location of Mu2 Chamaeleontis

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 Mu2 Chamaeleontis, the location is 10h 04m 07.37 and -81d33`56.2 .

Proper Motion of Mu2 Chamaeleontis

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 052.69 ± 000.22 towards the north and -049.76 ± 000.27 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Mu2 Chamaeleontis

Mu2 Chamaeleontis has a spectral type of G6/G8III. This means the star is a white to yellow giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.91 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,031 Kelvin.

Mu2 Chamaeleontis has been calculated as 10.18 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 7,080,683.31.km.

Mu2 Chamaeleontis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Mu2 Chamaeleontis has an apparent magnitude of 6.60 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 0.41 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.58. 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 Mu2 Chamaeleontis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 5.78 which gave the calculated distance to Mu2 Chamaeleontis as 564.30 light years away from Earth or 173.01 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 564.30 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 6.26 which put Mu2 Chamaeleontis at a distance of 521.03 light years or 159.74 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.

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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

Mu2 Chamaeleontis Facts

Alternative Names

Bayer DesignationMu2 Chamaeleontis
Hipparcos Library I.D.49326
Henry Draper Designation88351

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude0.41 / 0.58
Apparent Magnitude6.60
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 04m 07.37
Declination (Dec.)-81d33`56.2
1997 Distance from Earth5.78 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 564.30 Light Years
 173.01 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth6.26 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 521.03 Light Years
 159.74 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.52.69 ± 0.22 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-49.76 ± 0.27 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.91
Spectral TypeG6/G8III
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)10.18
Calculated Effective Temperature5,031 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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