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DH Cephei, HD215835, HIP112470

DH Cephei is a blue rotating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Cepheus. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

DH Cephei's Alternative Names

HIP112470 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD215835.

DH Cephei has alternative name(s) :- , DH Cep.

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+57 2607.

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

Location of DH Cephei

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For DH Cephei, the location is 22h 46m 54.11 and +58 ° 05` 03.6 .

Proper Motion of DH Cephei

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 -2.39 ± 0.63 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -1.77 ± 0.87 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 -33.40000 km/s with an error of about 3.20 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of DH Cephei

DH Cephei has a spectral type of O5.5. This means the star is a blue variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.33 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,656 Kelvin.

DH Cephei Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

DH Cephei has an apparent magnitude of 8.59 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.35. 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 DH Cephei

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -1.00 which gave the calculated distance to DH Cephei as -3261.63 light years away from Earth or -1000 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -3261.63 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 0.65 which put DH Cephei at a distance of 5017.90 light years or 1538.46 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 DH Cephei

The star is a rotating Rotating ellipsoidal 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. DH Cephei brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.698 to a magnitude of 8.645 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 2.1 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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DH Cephei Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameDH Cephei
Alternative NamesHD 215835, HIP 112470, BD+57 2607, DH Cep
Spectral TypeO5.5
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCepheus
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.59
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)22h 46m 54.11
Declination (Dec.)+58 ° 05` 03.6
Galactic Latitude-0.90 degrees
Galactic Longitude107.07 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-1.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -3261.63 Light Years
 -1000 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.65 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 5017.90 Light Years
 1538.46 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-2.39 ± 0.63 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-1.77 ± 0.87 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.33
Radial Velocity-33.40 ± 3.20 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassRotating
Variable Star TypeRotating ellipsoidal
Mean Variability Period in Days2.111
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.645 - 8.698

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature6,656 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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