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VY Canum Venaticorum

VY Canum Venaticorum Facts

VY Canum Venaticorum's Alternative Names

HIP65913 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

VY Canum Venaticorum has alternative name(s) :- , VY CVn.

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+38 2454.

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

Location of VY Canum Venaticorum

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 VY Canum Venaticorum, the location is 13h 30m 43.93 and +37° 46` 30.0 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of VY Canum Venaticorum

VY Canum Venaticorum Colour and Temperature

VY Canum Venaticorum has a spectral type of M5. This means the star is a red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.49 which means the star's temperature is about 4,035 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being .

VY Canum Venaticorum Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 43.37 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 30,179,929.94.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

VY Canum Venaticorum Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

VY Canum Venaticorum has an apparent magnitude of 8.96 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.78 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 VY Canum Venaticorum

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.71 which gave the calculated distance to VY Canum Venaticorum as 4593.85 light years away from Earth or 1408.45 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 3,080,712,201,132.

Travel Time to VY Canum Venaticorum

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)
Airbus A3807364,185,750,273.28
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2694,015,165,738.65
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.542,007,580,252.80
New Horizons Probe33,00093,354,915.19
Speed of Light670,616,629.004,593.85

Variable Type of VY Canum Venaticorum

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. VY Canum Venaticorum brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.312 to a magnitude of 8.812 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.5 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 VY Canum Venaticorum Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameVY Canum Venaticorum
Alternative NamesHIP 65913, BD+38 2454, VY CVn
Spectral TypeM5
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanes Venatici
Absolute Magnitude -1.78
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.96
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 30m 43.93
Declination (Dec.)+37° 46` 30.0
Galactic Latitude76.52 degrees
Galactic Longitude87.57 degrees
Distance from Earth0.71 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 4593.85 Light Years
 1408.45 Parsecs
 290,511,642.05 Astronomical Units
B-V Index1.49

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSlow Irregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.477
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.812 - 9.312

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)43.37
Effective Temperature4,035 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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