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Pi1 Columbae - HD42078 - HIP28957

Pi1 Columbae is a blue star that can be located in the constellation of Columba. Pi1 Columbae is the Bayer Classification for the star. HIP28957 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD42078.

Location of Pi1 Columbae

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 Pi1 Columbae, the location is 06h 06m 41.07 and -42d17`55.7 .

Proper Motion of Pi1 Columbae

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 -001.97 ± 000.55 towards the north and -034.36 ± 000.58 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Pi1 Columbae

Pi1 Columbae has a spectral type of Am. This means the star is a blue star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.24 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,120 Kelvin.

Pi1 Columbae has been calculated as 3.56 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,479,797.73.km.

Pi1 Columbae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Pi1 Columbae has an apparent magnitude of 6.15 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 1.18 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.54. 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 Pi1 Columbae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 10.13 which gave the calculated distance to Pi1 Columbae as 321.98 light years away from Earth or 98.72 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 321.98 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 11.99 which put Pi1 Columbae at a distance of 272.03 light years or 83.40 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.

Pi1 Columbae Facts

Alternative Names

Bayer DesignationPi1 Columbae
Hipparcos Library I.D.28957
Henry Draper Designation42078

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude1.18 / 1.54
Apparent Magnitude6.15
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 06m 41.07
Declination (Dec.)-42d17`55.7
1997 Distance from Earth10.13 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 321.98 Light Years
 98.72 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth11.99 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 272.03 Light Years
 83.40 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-1.97 ± 0.55 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-34.36 ± 0.58 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.24
Spectral TypeAm
Colour (A) blue

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)3.56
Calculated Effective Temperature7,120 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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