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163 G. Ophiuchi, HD160839, HIP86725

163 G. Ophiuchi is a blue to white subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Ophiuchus. 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.

163 G. Ophiuchi's Alternative Names

HIP86725 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD160839.

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 163 G. Ophiuchi. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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

Location of 163 G. Ophiuchi

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 163 G. Ophiuchi, the location is 17h 43m 17.71 and -27° 53` 02.3 .

Proper Motion of 163 G. Ophiuchi

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 -2.69 ± 0.48 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 3.57 ± 0.53 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 -24.70000 km/s with an error of about 0.40 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of 163 G. Ophiuchi

163 G. Ophiuchi has a spectral type of F0III/IV. This means the star is a blue to white subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.43 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,590 Kelvin.

163 G. Ophiuchi Radius has been calculated as being 33.82 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 23,531,525.70.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 17.42. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

163 G. Ophiuchi Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

163 G. Ophiuchi has an apparent magnitude of 6.40 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 -3.37 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.93. 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 163 G. Ophiuchi

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.11 which gave the calculated distance to 163 G. Ophiuchi as 2938.41 light years away from Earth or 900.90 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 2938.41 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 2.16 which put 163 G. Ophiuchi at a distance of 1510.02 light years or 462.96 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.

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 Name163 G. Ophiuchi
Alternative NamesHD 160839, HIP 86725
Spectral TypeF0III/IV
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeSubgiant Star
Colour blue to white
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationOphiuchus
Absolute Magnitude-3.37 / -1.93
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.40
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 43m 17.71
Declination (Dec.)-27° 53` 02.3
Galactic Latitude0.99 degrees
Galactic Longitude0.63 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.11 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2938.41 Light Years
 900.90 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.16 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1510.02 Light Years
 462.96 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-2.69 ± 0.48 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.3.57 ± 0.53 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.43
Radial Velocity-24.70 ± 0.40 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature6,590 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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