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RX Geminorum, HD49521, HIP32791

RX Geminorum is a blue eclipsing giant star that can be located in the constellation of Gemini. 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.

RX Geminorum's Alternative Names

HIP32791 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD49521.

RX Geminorum has alternative name(s) :- , RX 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+33 1415.

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

Location of RX Geminorum

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 RX Geminorum, the location is 06h 50m 11.55 and +33° 14` 20.8 .

Proper Motion of RX Geminorum

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 -10.84 ± 0.63 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -3.85 ± 1.13 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 33.00000 km/s with an error of about 2.60 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of RX Geminorum

RX Geminorum has a spectral type of A3III + K1:. This means the star is a blue giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.18 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,889 Kelvin.

RX Geminorum Radius has been calculated as being 2.25 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,567,930.95.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 3.35. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

RX Geminorum Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

RX Geminorum has an apparent magnitude of 9.22 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 1.73 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.87. 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 RX Geminorum

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.18 which gave the calculated distance to RX Geminorum as 1025.67 light years away from Earth or 314.47 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1025.67 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 2.14 which put RX Geminorum at a distance of 1524.13 light years or 467.29 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 RX Geminorum

The star is a eclipsing Beta Persei (Algol)/Detached Main Sequence with a subgiant (subtype) 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. RX Geminorum brightness ranges from a magnitude of 10.290 to a magnitude of 9.210 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star.

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 NameRX Geminorum
Alternative NamesHD 49521, HIP 32791, BD+33 1415, RX Gem
Spectral TypeA3III + K1:
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationGemini
Absolute Magnitude1.73 / 0.87
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.22
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 50m 11.55
Declination (Dec.)+33° 14` 20.8
Galactic Latitude14.23 degrees
Galactic Longitude182.57 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.18 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1025.67 Light Years
 314.47 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.14 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1524.13 Light Years
 467.29 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-10.84 ± 0.63 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-3.85 ± 1.13 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.18
Radial Velocity33.00 ± 2.60 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEclipsing
Variable Star TypeBeta Persei (Algol)/Detached Main Sequence with a subgiant (subtype)
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)9.210 - 10.290

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature7,889 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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