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18 Pegasi, HD209008, HIP108612, HR8385

18 Pegasi is a blue star that can be located in the constellation of Pegasus. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR8385. HIP108612 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD209008. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 17. 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.

Location of 18 Pegasi

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 18 Pegasi, the location is 22h 00m 07.92 and +06d 43` 02.8 .

Proper Motion of 18 Pegasi

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 0.78 ± 0.32 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 13.22 ± 0.42 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 -7.40000 km/s with an error of about 1.60 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 18 Pegasi

18 Pegasi has a spectral type of B3III. This means the star is a blue star. The star is 7300.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23809.9241120000000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.11 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 12,006 Kelvin.

18 Pegasi Radius has been calculated as being 4.47 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,108,899.36.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 4.49. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

18 Pegasi Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

18 Pegasi has an apparent magnitude of 6.00 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 -1.58 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.59. 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 18 Pegasi

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.05 which gave the calculated distance to 18 Pegasi as 1069.39 light years away from Earth or 327.87 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1069.39 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 3.04 which put 18 Pegasi at a distance of 1072.91 light years or 328.95 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,300.00 Parsecs or 23,809.92 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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.

18 Pegasi Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper Name18 Pegasi
Flamsteed Name18 Pegasi
Flamsteed Short Name18 Peg
Hipparcos Library I.D.108612
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id8385
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+06 4940
Gould I.D.17
Henry Draper Designation209008

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude-1.58 / -1.59
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)22h 00m 07.92
Declination (Dec.)+06d 43` 02.8
Galactic Latitude-36.51 degrees
Galactic Longitude65.80 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.05 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1069.39 Light Years
 327.87 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth3.04 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1072.91 Light Years
 328.95 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,809.92 Light Years / 7,300.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.0.78 ± 0.32 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.13.22 ± 0.42 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.11
Radial Velocity-7.40 ± 1.60 km/s
Spectral TypeB3III
Colour(B) blue

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature12,006 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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