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13 Vulpeculae - HD188260 - HIP97886

13 Vulpeculae is a blue giant star that can be located in the constellation of Vulpecula. HIP97886 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD188260. 13 Vulpeculae has alternative name(s), 13 Vulpeculae , 13 Vul. 13 Vulpeculae is a multiple star system with 2 stars orbiting in its solar system.

Location of 13 Vulpeculae

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 from celestial equator. The Declination is how up or down compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 13 Vulpeculae, the location is 19h 53m 27.68 and +24 d 04 ` 46.3 .

Proper Motion of 13 Vulpeculae

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 036.00 ± 000.00 towards the north and 023.00 ± 001.00 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 13 Vulpeculae

13 Vulpeculae has a spectral type of B9.5III. This means the star is a blue coloured giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.04 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 10,195 Kelvin.

13 Vulpeculae has been calculated as 4.06 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,822,408.36.km.

13 Vulpeculae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

13 Vulpeculae has an apparent magnitude of 4.57 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 -0.66 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.43. 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 13 Vulpeculae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.00 which gave the calculated distance to 13 Vulpeculae as 362.40 light years away from us or 111.11 parsecs. In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 10.00 which put 13 Vulpeculae at a distance of 326.16 light years or 100 parsecs.

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.

13 Vulpeculae Facts


Traditional Name13 Vulpeculae
Short Name13 Vul
Alternative Name(s)13 Vulpeculae
Hipparcos Library I.D.97886
Henry Draper Designation188260
Celestial TypeStar
Absolute Magnitude-0.66 / -0.43
Apparent Magnitude4.57
Right Ascension (R.A.)19h 53m 27.68
Declination (Dec.)+24 d 04 ` 46.3
1997 Distance9.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 362.40 Light Years
 111.11 Parsecs
2007 Distance10.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 326.16 Light Years
 100 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.36.00 ± 0.00 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.23.00 ± 1.00 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.04
Spectral TypeB9.5III
Colour(B) blue
Star Typegiant star
Stars in Solar System2
Radius (x the Sun)4.06
Calculated Effective Temperature10,195 Kelvin


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