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32 Herculis, HD149420, HIP81066

32 Herculis is a blue to white star that can be located in the constellation of Hercules. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

HIP81066 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD149420.

Location of 32 Herculis

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 32 Herculis, the location is 16h 33m 29.15 and +30d 29` 56.7 .

Proper Motion of 32 Herculis

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 -2.43 ± 0.38 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -37.28 ± 0.49 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 -13.93000 km/s with an error of about 0.14 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 32 Herculis

32 Herculis has a spectral type of F0III. This means the star is a blue to white star. The star is 7322.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23881.6800476800000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.24 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,538 Kelvin.

32 Herculis Radius has been calculated as being 3.49 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,425,861.17.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 3.95. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

32 Herculis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

32 Herculis has an apparent magnitude of 6.87 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 0.98 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.71. 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 32 Herculis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.63 which gave the calculated distance to 32 Herculis as 491.95 light years away from Earth or 150.83 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 491.95 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 5.86 which put 32 Herculis at a distance of 556.59 light years or 170.65 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 7,322.00 Parsecs or 23,881.68 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*. 32 Herculis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.954 to a magnitude of 6.923 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.7 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 Metallicity and/or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

32 Herculis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper Name32 Herculis
Flamsteed Name32 Herculis
Flamsteed Short Name32 Her
Hipparcos Library I.D.81066
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+30 2834
Henry Draper Designation149420

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude0.98 / 0.71
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.87
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)16h 33m 29.15
Declination (Dec.)+30d 29` 56.7
Galactic Latitude41.73 degrees
Galactic Longitude50.82 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.63 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 491.95 Light Years
 150.83 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth5.86 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 556.59 Light Years
 170.65 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,881.68 Light Years / 7,322.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-2.43 ± 0.38 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-37.28 ± 0.49 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.24
Radial Velocity-13.93 ± 0.14 km/s
Spectral TypeF0III
Colour(F) blue to white

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days1.697
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.923 - 6.954

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature7,538 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.

Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
149420+30 2834.0A6.70000-29.00000-14.00000F0Yellow/White

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