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Ru Camelopardalis, HD56167, HIP35681

Ru Camelopardalis is a carbon red pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Camelopardalis. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

Ru Camelopardalis's Alternative Names

HIP35681 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD56167.

Ru Camelopardalis has alternative name(s) :- , RU Cam.

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+69 417.

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

Location of Ru Camelopardalis

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Ru Camelopardalis, the location is 07h 21m 44.12 and +69° 40` 14.7 .

Proper Motion of Ru Camelopardalis

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 -2.10 ± 0.52 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 0.24 ± 0.80 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 -21.20000 km/s with an error of about 0.80 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Ru Camelopardalis

Ru Camelopardalis has a spectral type of C3.2e. This means the star is a carbon red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.14 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,683 Kelvin.

Ru Camelopardalis Radius has been calculated as being 47.63 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 33,140,979.09.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 39.43. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Ru Camelopardalis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Ru Camelopardalis has an apparent magnitude of 8.52 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 -2.63 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.22. 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 Ru Camelopardalis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.59 which gave the calculated distance to Ru Camelopardalis as 5528.19 light years away from Earth or 1694.92 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 5528.19 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 0.71 which put Ru Camelopardalis at a distance of 4593.85 light years or 1408.45 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.

Variable Type of Ru Camelopardalis

The star is a pulsating W Virginis Stars, A (Period > 8 Days), B (Period < 8 Days) 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. Ru Camelopardalis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.738 to a magnitude of 8.597 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 22.2 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 NameRu Camelopardalis
Alternative NamesHD 56167, HIP 35681, BD+69 417, RU Cam
Spectral TypeC3.2e
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour carbon red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCamelopardalis
Absolute Magnitude-2.63 / -2.22
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.52
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 21m 44.12
Declination (Dec.)+69° 40` 14.7
Galactic Latitude27.93 degrees
Galactic Longitude145.87 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth0.59 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 5528.19 Light Years
 1694.92 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.71 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 4593.85 Light Years
 1408.45 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-2.10 ± 0.52 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.0.24 ± 0.80 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.14
Radial Velocity-21.20 ± 0.80 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeW Virginis Stars, A (Period > 8 Days), B (Period < 8 Days)
Mean Variability Period in Days22.240
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.597 - 8.738

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,683 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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