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YZ Columbae, HD39563, HIP27656

Primary Facts on YZ Columbae

  • YZ Columbae's star type is pulsating subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Columba. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • YZ Columbae is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (K0IV) of the star, the star's colour is orange to red .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 801.38 light years away from us.

YZ Columbae's Alternative Names

HIP27656 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD39563.

YZ Columbae has alternative name(s) :- YZ Col, YZ Col.

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

Location of YZ Columbae

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 YZ Columbae, the location is 05h 51m 21.36 and -41° 57` 42.1 .

Proper Motion of YZ Columbae

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 1.57 ± 0.64 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -1.59 ± 0.68 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.

YZ Columbae Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 20.00 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of YZ Columbae

YZ Columbae has a spectral type of K0IV. This means the star is a orange to red subgiant star. The star is 7,481.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or in terms of Light Years is 24,400.28 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.09 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,682 Kelvin.

YZ Columbae Radius has been calculated as being 5.94 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,135,294.62.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 5.68. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

YZ Columbae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

YZ Columbae has an apparent magnitude of 8.94 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 1.89 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.99. 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 YZ Columbae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.89 which gave the calculated distance to YZ Columbae as 838.47 light years away from Earth or 257.07 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 838.47 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 4.07 which put YZ Columbae at a distance of 801.38 light years or 245.70 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 50,678,909.76 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,481.00 Parsecs or 24,400.28 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 YZ Columbae

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. YZ Columbae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.234 to a magnitude of 9.051 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 59.6 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 YZ Columbae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameYZ Columbae
Alternative NamesYZ Col, HD 39563, HIP 27656, YZ Col
Spectral TypeK0IV
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeSubgiant Star
Colour orange to red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 1.89 / 1.99
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.94
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 51m 21.36
Declination (Dec.)-41° 57` 42.1
Galactic Latitude-28.45 degrees
Galactic Longitude248.16 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.89 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 838.47 Light Years
 257.07 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.07 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 801.38 Light Years
 245.70 Parsecs
 50,678,909.76 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,400.28 Light Years / 7,481.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.1.57 ± 0.64 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-1.59 ± 0.68 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.09
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)20.00

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 Days59.600
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)9.051 - 9.234

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature4,682 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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