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SX Columbae, HD46431, HIP31099

SX Columbae is a red pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Columba. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

SX Columbae's Alternative Names

HIP31099 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD46431.

SX Columbae has alternative name(s) :- , SX Col.

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

Location of SX Columbae

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 SX Columbae, the location is 06h 31m 34.95 and -36° 56` 24.7 .

Proper Motion of SX 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 70.13 ± 0.24 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 1.38 ± 0.31 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 54.00000 km/s with an error of about 0.40 km/s .

SX Columbae Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 507.38 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of SX Columbae

SX Columbae has a spectral type of M2/M3III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7,489.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,426.37 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.59 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,804 Kelvin.

SX Columbae Radius has been calculated as being 34.39 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 23,928,574.53.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 26.57. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

SX Columbae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

SX Columbae has an apparent magnitude of 6.26 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 -1.02 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.46. 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 SX Columbae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.50 which gave the calculated distance to SX Columbae as 931.90 light years away from Earth or 285.71 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 931.90 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 4.53 which put SX Columbae at a distance of 720.01 light years or 220.75 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 7,489.00 Parsecs or 24,426.37 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 SX Columbae

The star is a pulsating Slow Irregular 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. SX Columbae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.348 to a magnitude of 6.264 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 22.3 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 NameSX Columbae
Alternative NamesHD 46431, HIP 31099, SX Col
Spectral TypeM2/M3III
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude-1.02 / -0.46
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.26
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 31m 34.95
Declination (Dec.)-36° 56` 24.7
Galactic Latitude-19.61 degrees
Galactic Longitude245.23 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.50 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 931.90 Light Years
 285.71 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.53 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 720.01 Light Years
 220.75 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,426.37 Light Years / 7,489.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.70.13 ± 0.24 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1.38 ± 0.31 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.59
Radial Velocity54.00 ± 0.40 km/s
Semi-Major Axis7352.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)507.38

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSlow Irregular
Mean Variability Period in Days22.250
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.264 - 6.348

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature3,804 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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