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Zeta Monocerotis (29 Monocerotis) Star Facts

Zeta Monocerotis Facts

  • Zeta Monocerotis is a supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Monoceros. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Zeta Monocerotis is a main star of the constellation outline.
  • Based on the spectral type (G2Ib) of the star, the star's colour is yellow .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 1058.97 light years away from us. Distance

Zeta Monocerotis's Alternative Names

Zeta Monocerotis (Zet Mon) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in 1603. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation, there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR3188. HIP39863 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD67594.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John named the stars in the constellation with a number and its latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 29 Monocerotis. The Flamsteed name can be shortened to 29 Mon.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD-02 2450.

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

Location of Zeta Monocerotis

The location of the supergiant 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Zeta Monocerotis, the location is 08h 08m 35.66 and -02° 59` 01.6 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Zeta Monocerotis

Proper Motion

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 -4.50 ± 0.14 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -18.81 ± 0.27 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 29.80000 km/s with an error of about 0.30 km/s . 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 of Zeta Monocerotis

Zeta Monocerotis Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of G2Ib , Zeta Monocerotis's colour and type is yellow supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.97 which means the star's temperature is about 5,038 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

Zeta Monocerotis 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 2,206.61 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Zeta Monocerotis Radius

Zeta Monocerotis estimated radius has been calculated as being 93.42 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 65,000,215.91.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 53.50797254844832368727221462. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

Zeta Monocerotis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Zeta Monocerotis has an apparent magnitude of 4.36 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 -4.41 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.20. 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 Monocerotis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.76000 which gave the calculated distance to Zeta Monocerotis as 1853.20 light years away from Earth or 568.18 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 10,894,268,541,583,866.05, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.08000 which put Zeta Monocerotis at a distance of 1058.97 light years or 324.68 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 66,969,590.64 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 7,624.00 Parsecs or 24,866.69 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to Zeta Monocerotis

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A380736964,895,233.17
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269925,572,245.99
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54462,785,519.84
New Horizons Probe33,00021,520,087.62
Speed of Light670,616,629.001,058.97

Meteor Showers Radiating from near Zeta Monocerotis

The Monocerotids Meteor Shower radiants from a point near this star. The meteor shower runs typically between Nov 27 - Dec 17 with a peak date of Dec 09. The speed of a meteor in the shower is 42 Km/s. The amount of meteors predicted to be seen per hour (Zenith Hourly Rate) is 42.

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 Zeta Monocerotis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameZeta Monocerotis
Alternative NamesZet Mon, HD 67594, HIP 39863, HR 3188, 29 Monocerotis, 29 Mon, BD-02 2450
Spectral TypeG2Ib
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star less luminour Supergiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -4.41 / -3.20
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.36
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)08h 08m 35.66
Declination (Dec.)-02° 59` 01.6
Galactic Latitude15.65593604 degrees
Galactic Longitude224.72223279 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.76000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1853.20 Light Years
 568.18 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.08000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
  1058.97 Light Years
 324.68 Parsecs
 66,969,590.64 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,866.69 Light Years / 7,624.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-4.50000 ± 0.14000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-18.81000 ± 0.27000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.97
Radial Velocity29.80000 ± 0.30 km/s
Semi-Major Axis7520.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)2206.6100000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)53.51
Effective Temperature5,038 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.

Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
67594-02 2450.0A4.40000-22.00000-6.00000G0Yellow
-02 2451.0B10.100001827
-02 2449.0C7.90000-28.000007.000001831

Location of Zeta Monocerotis in Monoceros

Zeta Monocerotis Location in Monoceros

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

Monoceros Main Stars

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