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14 Cephei - HD209481 - HIP108772

14 Cephei is a blue rotating main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Cepheus. HIP108772 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD209481. 14 Cephei has alternative name(s), 14 Cephei , LZ_Cep, 14 Cep.

Location of 14 Cephei

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 14 Cephei, the location is 22h 02m 04.58 and +58 d 00 ` 01.3 .

Proper Motion of 14 Cephei

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 -003.00 ± 000.00 towards the north and -003.00 ± 000.00 east if we saw them in the horizon.

14 Cephei 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 55000.0000000 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 14 Cephei

14 Cephei has a spectral type of O9V. This means the star is a blue coloured main sequence dwarf star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.01 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 9,392 Kelvin.

14 Cephei has been calculated as 27.38 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 19,050,893.55.km.

14 Cephei Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

14 Cephei has an apparent magnitude of 5.55 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 -4.45 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.45. 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 14 Cephei

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.00 which gave the calculated distance to 14 Cephei as 3261.63 light years away from Earth or 1000 parsecs. In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 1.00 which put 14 Cephei at a distance of 3261.63 light years or 1000 parsecs.

It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 3261.63 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 14 Cephei

The star is a rotating Rotating ellipsoidal 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. 14 Cephei brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.000 to a magnitude of 6.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 3.0 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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

14 Cephei Facts


Traditional Name14 Cephei
Short NameLZ Cep, 14 Cep
Alternative Name(s)14 Cephei
Hipparcos Library I.D.108772
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+57 2441
Henry Draper Designation209481
Celestial TypeStar
Absolute Magnitude-4.45 / -4.45
Apparent Magnitude5.55
Right Ascension (R.A.)22h 02m 04.58
Declination (Dec.)+58 d 00 ` 01.3
1997 Distance from Earth1.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 3261.63 Light Years
 1000 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 3261.63 Light Years
 1000 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-3.00 ± 0.00 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-3.00 ± 0.00 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.01
Spectral TypeO9V
Colour(O) blue
Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Variable Star ClassRotating
Variable Star TypeRotating ellipsoidal
Mean Variability Period in Days3.000
Radius (x the Sun)27.38
Luminosity (x the Sun)55,000.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature9,392 Kelvin


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