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50 Persei

50 Persei Facts

50 Persei's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1278. HIP19335 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD25998. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 161.1. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Star Names

50 Persei has alternative name(s) :- V582 Per, V582 Per.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 50 Persei with it shortened to 50 Per.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD+37 882.

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

Location of 50 Persei

The location of the main sequence 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 50 Persei, the location is 04h 08m 36.49 and +38° 02` 24.8 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of 50 Persei

Proper Motion

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 -202.60 ± 0.11 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 164.10 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 26.35 km/s with an error of about 0.18 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

50 Persei 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 2.38 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Age) of 50 Persei

50 Persei Colour and Temperature

50 Persei has a spectral type of F7V. This means the star is a yellow to white main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.52 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,202 Kelvin.

50 Persei Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 1.36 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 946,861.18.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 1.34. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is 0.14 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 2.50 Billion years old but could be between 1.30 and 3.40 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

50 Persei Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

50 Persei has an apparent magnitude of 5.52 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 3.87 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 3.91. 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 50 Persei

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 46.87 which gave the calculated distance to 50 Persei as 69.59 light years away from Earth or 21.34 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 402,568,265,555,612.93.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 47.63 which put 50 Persei at a distance of 68.48 light years or 21.00 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 4,331,530.75 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,419.00 Parsecs or 24,198.06 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Time to Travel to 50 Persei

A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

If you were to drive there at about 120 m.p.h. in a car with an infinity engine so you didn't have to pull over for petrol, it would take you 3,409,112,830,998.72 hours or 389,168,131.39 years.

At the time of writing, the fastest probe so far created is the New Horizon probe which is travelling at a speed of 33,000 m.p.h. If the probe was travelling to 50 Persei then it would take 12,396,773,930.90 hours / 1,415,156.84 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, 69.59 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

50 Persei brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.642 to a magnitude of 5.630 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 Metallicity and/or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

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Additional 50 Persei Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional Name50 Persei
Alternative NamesV582 Per, HD 25998, HIP 19335, HR 1278, 50 Per, BD+37 882, Gliese 161.1, V582 Per
Spectral TypeF7V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourYellow - White
GalaxyMilky Way
Age2.50 Billion Years Old
Age Range1.30 - 3.40 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude 3.87 / 3.91
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.52
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)04h 08m 36.49
Declination (Dec.)+38° 02` 24.8
Galactic Latitude-10.15 degrees
Galactic Longitude160.27 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth46.87 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 69.59 Light Years
 21.34 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth47.63 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 68.48 Light Years
 21.00 Parsecs
 4,331,530.75 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,198.06 Light Years / 7,419.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-202.60 ± 0.11 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.164.10 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.52
Radial Velocity26.35 ± 0.18 km/s
Iron Abundance0.14 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7378.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)2.38

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days3.048
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.630 - 5.642

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)1.34
Effective Temperature6,202 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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