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VY Ursae Majoris - HD92839 - HIP52577

VY Ursae Majoris is a pulsating luminous giant star that can be located in the constellation of UrsaMajor. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

HIP52577 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD92839.

VY Ursae Majoris has alternative name(s), VY_UMa.

Location of VY Ursae 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 VY Ursae Majoris, the location is 10h 45m 04.02 and +67d24`41.0 .

Proper Motion of VY Ursae 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 1.45 ± 0.23 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 5.83 ± 0.35 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Temperature, Radius) of VY Ursae Majoris

VY Ursae Majoris has a spectral type of C5II. This means the star is a luminous giant star. The star is 7606.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24807.9839446400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 2.38 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 109 Kelvin.

VY Ursae Majoris Radius has been calculated as being 58,622.94 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 40,789,841,243.52.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 64279.07. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is 0.14 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

VY Ursae Majoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

VY Ursae Majoris has an apparent magnitude of 5.95 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 -1.75 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.95. 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 Ursae Majoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.88 which gave the calculated distance to VY Ursae Majoris as 1132.51 light years away from Earth or 347.22 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1132.51 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 2.63 which put VY Ursae Majoris at a distance of 1240.16 light years or 380.23 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 7,606.00 Parsecs or 24,807.98 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 VY Ursae Majoris

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 Ursae Majoris 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.

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.

VY Ursae Majoris Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameVY Ursae Majoris
Short NameVY UMa
Hipparcos Library I.D.52577
Bonner DurchmusterungBDD+68 617
Henry Draper Designation92839

Visual Facts

Star Typeluminous giant star
Absolute Magnitude-1.75 / -1.95
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.95
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Ref: Wiki
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 45m 04.02
Declination (Dec.)+67d24`41.0
Galactic Latitude45.41 degrees
Galactic Longitude139.59 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.88 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1132.51 Light Years
 347.22 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth2.63 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1240.16 Light Years
 380.23 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,807.98 Light Years / 7,606.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.1.45 ± 0.23 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.5.83 ± 0.35 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index2.38
Radial Velocity-6.30 ± 2.00 km/s
Iron Abundance0.14 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeC5II

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSlow Irregular

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature109 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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