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V740 Monocerotis

V740 Monocerotis Facts

V740 Monocerotis's Alternative Names

HIP32745 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD49713.

V740 Monocerotis has alternative name(s) :- V740 Mon, V740 Mon.

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-01 1395.

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

Location of V740 Monocerotis

The location of the variable 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For V740 Monocerotis, the location is 06h 49m 44.29 and -01° 20` 23.8 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of V740 Monocerotis

Proper Motion

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 6.86 ± 0.54 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -7.01 ± 0.70 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 15.00 km/s with an error of about 1.90 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

V740 Monocerotis 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 63.07 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 V740 Monocerotis

V740 Monocerotis Colour and Temperature

V740 Monocerotis has a spectral type of B9p. This means the star is a blue variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.08 which means the star's temperature is about 12,939 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being .

V740 Monocerotis Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 1.19 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 830,953.99.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 1.27. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V740 Monocerotis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V740 Monocerotis has an apparent magnitude of 7.33 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 0.96 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.83. 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 V740 Monocerotis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 5.32 which gave the calculated distance to V740 Monocerotis as 613.09 light years away from Earth or 187.97 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 411,148,349,074.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 5.01 which put V740 Monocerotis at a distance of 651.02 light years or 199.60 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 41,170,168.45 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,562.00 Parsecs or 24,664.47 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to V740 Monocerotis

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking4109,146,209,452.90
Car1203,638,206,981.76
Airbus A380736593,185,920.94
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269569,011,439.03
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54284,505,348.71
New Horizons Probe33,00013,229,843.57
Speed of Light670,616,629.00651.02

Variable Type of V740 Monocerotis

The star is a rotating Alpha2 Canum Venatic 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. V740 Monocerotis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.339 to a magnitude of 7.276 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 2.1 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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Additional V740 Monocerotis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV740 Monocerotis
Alternative NamesV740 Mon, HD 49713, HIP 32745, BD-01 1395, V740 Mon
Spectral TypeB9p
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationMonoceros
Absolute Magnitude 0.96 / 0.83
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.33
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 49m 44.29
Declination (Dec.)-01° 20` 23.8
Galactic Latitude-0.99 degrees
Galactic Longitude213.93 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth5.32 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
  613.09 Light Years
 187.97 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth5.01 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 651.02 Light Years
 199.60 Parsecs
 41,170,168.45 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,664.47 Light Years / 7,562.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.6.86 ± 0.54 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-7.01 ± 0.70 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.08
Radial Velocity15.00 ± 1.90 km/s
Eccentricity0.16
Semi-Major Axis8861.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)63.07

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassRotating
Variable Star TypeAlpha2 Canum Venatic
Mean Variability Period in Days2.135
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.276 - 7.339

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)1.27
Effective Temperature12,939 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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