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UW Canis Majoris, 29 Canis Majoris, HD57060, HIP35412, HR2781

UW Canis Majoris is a blue eclipsing variable star that can be located in the constellation of CanisMajor. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

UW Canis Majoris's Alternative Names

UW Canis Majoris is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR2781. HIP35412 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD57060.

UW Canis Majoris has alternative name(s) :- , UW CMa.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 29 Canis Majoris with it shortened to 29 CMa.

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

Location of UW Canis Majoris

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 UW Canis Majoris, the location is 07h 18m 40.38 and -24° 33` 31.3 .

Proper Motion of UW Canis Majoris

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 3.16 ± 0.17 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -2.21 ± 0.27 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 20.00000 km/s with an error of about 1.70 km/s .

UW Canis Majoris 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 8535.0000000 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 UW Canis Majoris

UW Canis Majoris has a spectral type of O7f. This means the star is a blue variable star. The star is 7716.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 25166.7636230400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.16 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 17,659 Kelvin.

UW Canis Majoris Radius has been calculated as being 9.66 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 6,722,085.27.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 6.18. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

UW Canis Majoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

UW Canis Majoris has an apparent magnitude of 4.88 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 -4.93 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.96. 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 UW Canis Majoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.09 which gave the calculated distance to UW Canis Majoris as 2992.32 light years away from Earth or 917.43 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 2992.32 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 1.71 which put UW Canis Majoris at a distance of 1907.39 light years or 584.80 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 7,716.00 Parsecs or 25,166.76 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 UW Canis Majoris

The star is a eclipsing Beta Lyrae (Sheliak)/Contact Systems of early (O-A) Spectral Type (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. This is a some uncertainty as to the type but the type mentioned is the current variable star classification for this star. UW Canis Majoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.215 to a magnitude of 4.783 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 4.4 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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UW Canis Majoris Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 57060, HIP 35412, HR 2781, 29 Canis Majoris, 29 CMa, UW CMa
Star TypeVariable Star
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanis Major
Absolute Magnitude-4.93 / -3.96
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.88
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 18m 40.38
Declination (Dec.)-24° 33` 31.3
Galactic Latitude-5.37 degrees
Galactic Longitude237.82 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.09 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2992.32 Light Years
 917.43 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth1.71 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1907.39 Light Years
 584.80 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance25,166.76 Light Years / 7,716.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.3.16 ± 0.17 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-2.21 ± 0.27 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.16
Radial Velocity20.00 ± 1.70 km/s
Semi-Major Axis8408.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)8,535.00
Spectral TypeO7f
Colour(O) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEclipsing
Variable Star TypeBeta Lyrae (Sheliak)/Contact Systems of early (O-A) Spectral Type (subtype) probably
Mean Variability Period in Days4.393
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.783 - 5.215

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature17,659 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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