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PP Carinae, HD91465, HIP51576, HR4140

PP Carinae is a blue eruptive star that can be located in the constellation of Carina. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR4140. HIP51576 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD91465.

PP Carinae has alternative name(s), PP Car.

Location of PP Carinae

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 PP Carinae, the location is 10h 32m 01.48 and -61d 41` 07.3 .

Proper Motion of PP Carinae

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 11.50 ± 0.34 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -17.01 ± 0.40 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards us is 26.00000 km/s with an error of about 2.60 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of PP Carinae

PP Carinae has a spectral type of B4Vne. This means the star is a blue star. The star is 7357.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23995.8372180800000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.08 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 11,099 Kelvin.

PP Carinae Radius has been calculated as being 8.44 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 5,872,808.63.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 8.17. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

PP Carinae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

PP Carinae has an apparent magnitude of 3.30 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 -2.62 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.55. 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 PP Carinae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.56 which gave the calculated distance to PP Carinae as 497.20 light years away from Earth or 152.44 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 497.20 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 6.75 which put PP Carinae at a distance of 483.20 light years or 148.15 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 7,357.00 Parsecs or 23,995.84 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of PP Carinae

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. PP Carinae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 3.475 to a magnitude of 3.236 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.2 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.

PP Carinae Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NamePP Carinae
Short NamePP Car
Hipparcos Library I.D.51576
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id4140
Henry Draper Designation91465

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude-2.62 / -2.55
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.30
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 32m 01.48
Declination (Dec.)-61d 41` 07.3
Galactic Latitude-3.15 degrees
Galactic Longitude287.18 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.56 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 497.20 Light Years
 152.44 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth6.75 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 483.20 Light Years
 148.15 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,995.84 Light Years / 7,357.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.11.50 ± 0.34 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-17.01 ± 0.40 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.08
Radial Velocity26.00 ± 2.60 km/s
Spectral TypeB4Vne
Colour(B) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeGamma Cassiopeiae
Mean Variability Period in Days0.185
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)3.236 - 3.475

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature11,099 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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