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WW Doradus, HD27002, HIP19722

WW Doradus is a red pulsating luminous giant star that can be located in the constellation of Dorado. The description is based on the spectral class. WW Doradus is not part of the constellation but is within the borders of the constellation.

The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

WW Doradus's Alternative Names

HIP19722 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD27002.

WW Doradus has alternative name(s) :- , WW Dor.

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

Location of WW Doradus

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For WW Doradus, the location is 04h 13m 36.77 and -50° 35` 10.2 .

Proper Motion of WW Doradus

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 4.86 ± 0.67 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -3.17 ± 0.78 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of WW Doradus

WW Doradus has a spectral type of M2Ib/II:. This means the star is a red luminous giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.64 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,659 Kelvin.

WW Doradus Radius has been calculated as being 29.94 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 20,828,999.56.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 39.83. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

WW Doradus Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

WW Doradus has an apparent magnitude of 8.90 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 -0.55 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.17. 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 WW Doradus

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.29 which gave the calculated distance to WW Doradus as 2528.40 light years away from Earth or 775.19 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 2528.40 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 0.97 which put WW Doradus at a distance of 3362.51 light years or 1030.93 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 212,643,094.99 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.

Variable Type of WW Doradus

The star is a pulsating Semi-Regular Star w 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. WW Doradus brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.296 to a magnitude of 8.757 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 398.0 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 Metallicity and/or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

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WW Doradus Facts

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameWW Doradus
Alternative NamesHD 27002, HIP 19722, WW Dor
Spectral TypeM2Ib/II:
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeLuminous Giant Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -0.55 / -1.17
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.90
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)04h 13m 36.77
Declination (Dec.)-50° 35` 10.2
Galactic Latitude-45.35 degrees
Galactic Longitude258.70 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.29 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2528.40 Light Years
 775.19 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.97 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 3362.51 Light Years
 1030.93 Parsecs
 212,643,094.99 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.4.86 ± 0.67 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-3.17 ± 0.78 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.64

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemi-Regular Star w
Mean Variability Period in Days398.000
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.757 - 9.296

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature3,659 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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