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XY Carinae, HD308149, HIP53945

Primary Facts on XY Carinae

  • XY Carinae's star type is pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Carina. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • XY Carinae is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (G5) of the star, the star's colour is white to yellow .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • The star is calculated at being about -5260.70 light years away from us.

XY Carinae's Alternative Names

HIP53945 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD308149.

XY Carinae has alternative name(s) :- XY Car, XY Car.

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

Location of XY Carinae

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 XY Carinae, the location is 11h 02m 16.07 and -64° 15` 46.5 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of XY Carinae

XY Carinae has a spectral type of G5. This means the star is a white to yellow variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.18 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,605 Kelvin.

XY Carinae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

XY Carinae has an apparent magnitude of 9.49 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 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 XY Carinae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.62 which gave the calculated distance to XY Carinae as -5260.70 light years away from Earth or -1612.90 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -5260.70 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of XY Carinae

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. XY Carinae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.868 to a magnitude of 9.008 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 12.4 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 XY Carinae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameXY Carinae
Alternative NamesXY Car, HD 308149, HIP 53945, XY Car
Spectral TypeG5
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour white to yellow
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCarina
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.49
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)11h 02m 16.07
Declination (Dec.)-64° 15` 46.5
Galactic Latitude-3.86 degrees
Galactic Longitude291.42 degrees
Distance from Earth-0.62 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -5260.70 Light Years
 -1612.90 Parsecs
 -332,682,187.83 Astronomical Units
B-V Index1.18
Radial Velocity-6.40 ± 0.90 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 Days12.439
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)9.008 - 9.868

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,605 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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