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Zeta Chamaeleontis, HD83979, HIP46928, HR3860

Zeta Chamaeleontis is a blue pulsating main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Chamaeleon. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it. It is calculated at being .007 Billion Years old. This information comes from ExoPlanet.

Zeta Chamaeleontis's Alternative Names

Zeta Chamaeleontis (Zet Cha) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR3860. HIP46928 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD83979.

Zeta Chamaeleontis has alternative name(s) :- , zet Cha.

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

Location of Zeta Chamaeleontis

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 Zeta Chamaeleontis, the location is 09h 33m 53.51 and -80° 56` 28.7 .

Proper Motion of Zeta Chamaeleontis

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 14.18 ± 0.12 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -34.81 ± 0.15 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards us is -42.00000 km/s with an error of about 4.20 km/s .

Zeta Chamaeleontis 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 576.41 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, Age) of Zeta Chamaeleontis

Zeta Chamaeleontis has a spectral type of B5V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,331.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23,911.03 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.13 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 12,762 Kelvin.

Zeta Chamaeleontis Radius has been calculated as being 3.06 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,125,985.82.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 3.24. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

The star is believed to be about 0.01 Billion years old. To put in context, the Sun is believed to be about five billion years old and the Universe is about 13.8 billion years old.

Zeta Chamaeleontis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Zeta Chamaeleontis has an apparent magnitude of 5.07 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 -1.02 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.15. 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 Zeta Chamaeleontis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.05 which gave the calculated distance to Zeta Chamaeleontis as 539.11 light years away from Earth or 165.29 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 539.11 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 5.70 which put Zeta Chamaeleontis at a distance of 572.22 light years or 175.44 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 7,331.00 Parsecs or 23,911.03 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 Zeta Chamaeleontis

The star is a pulsating Beta Cephei 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. Zeta Chamaeleontis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.047 to a magnitude of 5.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.1 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameZeta Chamaeleontis
Alternative NamesZet Cha, HD 83979, HIP 46928, HR 3860, zet Cha
Spectral TypeB5V
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationChamaeleon
Age0.01 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude-1.02 / -1.15
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.07
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)09h 33m 53.51
Declination (Dec.)-80° 56` 28.7
Galactic Latitude-21.04 degrees
Galactic Longitude295.57 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.05 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 539.11 Light Years
 165.29 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth5.70 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 572.22 Light Years
 175.44 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,911.03 Light Years / 7,331.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.14.18 ± 0.12 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-34.81 ± 0.15 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.13
Radial Velocity-42.00 ± 4.20 km/s
Eccentricity0.46
Semi-Major Axis11793.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)576.41

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeBeta Cephei
Mean Variability Period in Days1.080
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.000 - 5.047

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature12,762 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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