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60 Herculis - HD154494 - HIP83613

60 Herculis is a blue subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Hercules. HIP83613 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD154494. 60 Herculis has alternative name(s), 60 Herculis , 60 Her.

Location of 60 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 60 Herculis, the location is 17h 05m 22.66 and +12d44`27.1 .

Proper Motion of 60 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 -012.23 ± 000.26 towards the north and 050.18 ± 000.38 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 60 Herculis

60 Herculis has a spectral type of A4IV. This means the star is a blue subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.12 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 8,298 Kelvin.

60 Herculis has been calculated as 2.09 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,456,882.66.km.

60 Herculis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

60 Herculis has an apparent magnitude of 4.89 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 1.67 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.83. 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 60 Herculis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 22.68 which gave the calculated distance to 60 Herculis as 143.81 light years away from Earth or 44.09 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 143.81 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 24.47 which put 60 Herculis at a distance of 133.29 light years or 40.87 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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

60 Herculis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional Name60 Herculis
Short Name60 Her
Alternative Name(s)60 Herculis
Hipparcos Library I.D.83613
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+12 3142
Henry Draper Designation154494

Visual Facts

Star Typesubgiant star
Absolute Magnitude1.67 / 1.83
Apparent Magnitude4.89
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 05m 22.66
Declination (Dec.)+12d44`27.1
1997 Distance from Earth22.68 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 143.81 Light Years
 44.09 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth24.47 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 133.29 Light Years
 40.87 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-12.23 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.50.18 ± 0.38 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.12
Spectral TypeA4IV
Colour(A) blue

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)2.09
Calculated Effective Temperature8,298 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

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
154494+12 3142.0A4.9000052.00000-14.00000A3White

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