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V478 Carinae - HD80710 - HIP45615

V478 Carinae is a orange to red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Carina. HIP45615 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD80710. V478 Carinae has alternative name(s), V478_Car.

Location of V478 Carinae

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 V478 Carinae, the location is 09h 17m 51.67 and -67d03`03.2 .

Proper Motion of V478 Carinae

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 011.72 ± 000.25 towards the north and -007.17 ± 000.29 east if we saw them in the horizon.

V478 Carinae 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 70.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of V478 Carinae

V478 Carinae has a spectral type of K2III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.25 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,405 Kelvin.

V478 Carinae has been calculated as 39.54 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 27,511,561.90.km.

V478 Carinae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V478 Carinae has an apparent magnitude of 6.14 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 -1.96 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.84. 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 V478 Carinae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.40 which gave the calculated distance to V478 Carinae as 1359.01 light years away from Earth or 416.67 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1359.01 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 2.54 which put V478 Carinae at a distance of 1284.11 light years or 393.70 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. V478 Carinae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.000 to a magnitude of 6.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 246.0 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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

V478 Carinae Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional NameV478 Carinae
Short NameV478 Car
Hipparcos Library I.D.45615
Henry Draper Designation80710

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude-1.96 / -1.84
Apparent Magnitude6.14
Right Ascension (R.A.)09h 17m 51.67
Declination (Dec.)-67d03`03.2
1997 Distance from Earth2.40 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1359.01 Light Years
 416.67 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth2.54 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1284.11 Light Years
 393.70 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.11.72 ± 0.25 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-7.17 ± 0.29 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.25
Spectral TypeK2III
Colour(K) Orange to Red

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days246.000

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)39.54
Luminosity (x the Sun)70.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature4,405 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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