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123 G. Oph - HD156860 - HIP84780

123 G. Oph is a red pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Ophiuchus. HIP84780 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD156860. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 123. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major. 123 G. Oph has alternative name(s), V2113_Oph.

Location of 123 G. Oph

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 123 G. Oph, the location is 17h 19m 46.49 and +02d08`22.1 .

Proper Motion of 123 G. Oph

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 023.66 ± 000.26 towards the north and 025.22 ± 000.52 east if we saw them in the horizon.

123 G. Oph 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 5.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 123 G. Oph

123 G. Oph has a spectral type of M5III. This means the star is a red coloured giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.48 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,025 Kelvin.

123 G. Oph has been calculated as 33.98 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 23,645,183.53.km.

123 G. Oph Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

123 G. Oph has an apparent magnitude of 6.43 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 0.11 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.47. 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 123 G. Oph

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 5.44 which gave the calculated distance to 123 G. Oph as 599.56 light years away from Earth or 183.82 parsecs. In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 6.43 which put 123 G. Oph at a distance of 507.25 light years or 155.52 parsecs.

It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 599.56 years using the 1997 distance to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of 123 G. Oph

The star is a pulsating Semiregular s, which are giants or supergiants of intermediate and late spectral 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. This is a some uncertainty as to the type but the type mentioned is the current variable star classification for this star. 123 G. Oph brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.000 to a magnitude of 6.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star.

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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

123 G. Oph Facts

Traditional Name123 G. Oph
Short NameV2113 Oph
Hipparcos Library I.D.84780
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+02 3296
Gould I.D.123
Henry Draper Designation156860
Celestial TypeStar
Absolute Magnitude0.11 / 0.47
Apparent Magnitude6.43
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 19m 46.49
Declination (Dec.)+02d08`22.1
1997 Distance from Earth5.44 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 599.56 Light Years
 183.82 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth6.43 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 507.25 Light Years
 155.52 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.23.66 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.25.22 ± 0.52 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.48
Spectral TypeM5III
Colour(M) Red
Star Typegiant star
Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemiregular s, which are giants or supergiants of intermediate and late spectral probably
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.000 - 7.000
Radius (x the Sun)33.98
Luminosity (x the Sun)5.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature4,025 Kelvin

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