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WY Puppis, HIP38944

WY Puppis is a blue to white pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Puppis. The description is based on the spectral class. WY Puppis 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.

WY Puppis's Alternative Names

HIP38944 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

WY Puppis has alternative name(s) :- , WY Pup.

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

Location of WY Puppis

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 WY Puppis, the location is 07h 58m 05.14 and -24° 02` 30.4 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of WY Puppis

WY Puppis has a spectral type of F6.7. This means the star is a blue to white variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.62 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,829 Kelvin.

WY Puppis Radius has been calculated as being 56.98 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 39,649,589.49.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.

WY Puppis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

WY Puppis has an apparent magnitude of 10.82 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 -3.97 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 WY Puppis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.11 which gave the calculated distance to WY Puppis as 29651.21 light years away from Earth or 9090.91 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 29651.21 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of WY Puppis

The star is a pulsating Delta Cepheid 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. WY Puppis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 11.144 to a magnitude of 10.366 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 5.3 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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WY Puppis Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameWY Puppis
Alternative NamesHIP 38944, WY Pup
Spectral TypeF6.7
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour blue to white
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPuppis
Absolute Magnitude -3.97
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.82
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 58m 05.14
Declination (Dec.)-24° 02` 30.4
Galactic Latitude2.71 degrees
Galactic Longitude241.78 degrees
Distance from Earth0.11 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 29651.21 Light Years
 9090.91 Parsecs
B-V Index0.62
Radial Velocity44.00 ± 4.80 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Cepheid
Mean Variability Period in Days5.251
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)10.366 - 11.144

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature5,829 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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