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89 Herculis, HD163506, HIP87747, HR6685

89 Herculis is a blue to white pulsating supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Hercules. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

89 Herculis's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6685. HIP87747 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD163506.

89 Herculis has alternative name(s) :- , V441 Her.

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 89 Herculis with it shortened to 89 Her.

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+26 3120.

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

Location of 89 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 89 Herculis, the location is 17h 55m 25.19 and +26° 02` 59.9 .

Proper Motion of 89 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 5.89 ± 0.15 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 4.34 ± 0.23 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 -27.80000 km/s with an error of about 10.00 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of 89 Herculis

89 Herculis has a spectral type of F2Iavar. This means the star is a blue to white supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.34 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,614 Kelvin.

89 Herculis Radius has been calculated as being 56.24 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 39,129,430.74.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 75.51. 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 0.01 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

89 Herculis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

89 Herculis has an apparent magnitude of 5.47 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 -4.49 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -5.13. 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 89 Herculis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.02 which gave the calculated distance to 89 Herculis as 3197.68 light years away from Earth or 980.39 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 3197.68 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 0.76 which put 89 Herculis at a distance of 4291.62 light years or 1315.79 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.

Variable Type of 89 Herculis

The star is a pulsating Semi-Regular Star which are giants or supergiants of intermediate and late spectral variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. 89 Herculis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.623 to a magnitude of 5.472 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 63.8 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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89 Herculis Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 163506, HIP 87747, HR 6685, 89 Her, BD+26 3120, V441 Her
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude-4.49 / -5.13
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.47
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 55m 25.19
Declination (Dec.)+26° 02` 59.9
Galactic Latitude23.19 degrees
Galactic Longitude51.43 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.02 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 3197.68 Light Years
 980.39 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth0.76 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 4291.62 Light Years
 1315.79 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.5.89 ± 0.15 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.4.34 ± 0.23 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.34
Radial Velocity-27.80 ± 10.00 km/s
Iron Abundance0.01 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeF2Iavar
Colour(F) blue to white

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemi-Regular Star which are giants or supergiants of intermediate and late spectral
Mean Variability Period in Days63.810
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.472 - 5.623

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature6,614 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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