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QU Geminorum's Alternative Names

HIP32743 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD49500.

QU Geminorum has alternative name(s) :- , QU Gem.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD+25 1446.

More details on objects' alternative names can be found at Star Names .

Location of QU Geminorum

The location of the giant star in the night sky 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For QU Geminorum, the location is 06h 49m 43.23 and +25° 29` 04.0 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of QU Geminorum

Proper Motion

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 -35.93 ± 0.39 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 26.19 ± 0.67 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 58.40 km/s with an error of about 3.10 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of QU Geminorum

QU Geminorum Colour and Temperature

QU Geminorum has a spectral type of K0III SB:. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.56 which means the star's temperature is about 3,871 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being .

QU Geminorum Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

QU Geminorum has an apparent magnitude of 6.80 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.17. 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 QU Geminorum

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.33 which gave the calculated distance to QU Geminorum as -9883.74 light years away from Earth or -3030.30 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is -6,628,200,400,712.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 1.61 which put QU Geminorum at a distance of 2025.86 light years or 621.12 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 128,114,303.74 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.

Travel Time to QU Geminorum

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking4339,643,851,006.49
Car12011,321,461,700.22
Airbus A3807361,845,890,494.60
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2691,770,663,748.99
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54885,330,720.62
New Horizons Probe33,00041,168,951.64
Speed of Light670,616,629.002,025.86
QU Geminorum brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.060 to a magnitude of 6.884 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.

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameQU Geminorum
Alternative NamesHD 49500, HIP 32743, BD+25 1446, QU Gem
Spectral TypeK0III SB:
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationGemini
Absolute Magnitude / -2.17
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.80
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 49m 43.23
Declination (Dec.)+25° 29` 04.0
Galactic Latitude10.96 degrees
Galactic Longitude189.78 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-0.33 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -9883.74 Light Years
 -3030.30 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.61 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2025.86 Light Years
 621.12 Parsecs
 128,114,303.74 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-35.93 ± 0.39 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.26.19 ± 0.67 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.56
Radial Velocity58.40 ± 3.10 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.171
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.884 - 7.060

Estimated Calculated Facts


Effective Temperature3,871 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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