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Gliese 678, HD158614, HIP85667

Gliese 678 is a white to yellow star that can be located in the constellation of Ophiuchus. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it. The star has an estimated age of 11.80 Billion of Years but could be as young as 10.70 to 13.10 according to Hipparcos.

HIP85667 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD158614. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 150. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major. The Gliese ID of the star is GL 678A. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Ref : Star Names.

Location of Gliese 678

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 Gliese 678, the location is 17h 30m 23.87 and -01d 03` 45.0 .

Proper Motion of Gliese 678

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 -168.61 ± 0.41 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -127.77 ± 0.68 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 -76.98000 km/s with an error of about 0.05 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Age, Radius) of Gliese 678

Gliese 678 has a spectral type of G8IV-V. This means the star is a white to yellow star. The star is 7386.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24090.4245878400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.71 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,533 Kelvin.

Gliese 678 Radius has been calculated as being 1.45 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,007,917.44.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.44. 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 0.03 with an error value of 0.02 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 11.80 Billion years old but could be between 10.70 and 13.10 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

Gliese 678 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Gliese 678 has an apparent magnitude of 5.31 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 4.23 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.24. 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 Gliese 678

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 60.80 which gave the calculated distance to Gliese 678 as 53.65 light years away from Earth or 16.45 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 53.65 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 61.19 which put Gliese 678 at a distance of 53.30 light years or 16.34 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 7,386.00 Parsecs or 24,090.42 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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.

Gliese 678 Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameGliese 678
Hipparcos Library I.D.85667
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-00 3300
Gould I.D.150
Gliese IDGL 678A
Henry Draper Designation158614

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Age11.80 Billion Years Old
Age Range10.70 - 13.10 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude4.23 / 4.24
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.31
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 30m 23.87
Declination (Dec.)-01d 03` 45.0
Galactic Latitude17.44 degrees
Galactic Longitude22.40 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth60.80 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 53.65 Light Years
 16.45 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth61.19 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 53.30 Light Years
 16.34 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,090.42 Light Years / 7,386.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-168.61 ± 0.41 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-127.77 ± 0.68 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.71
Radial Velocity-76.98 ± 0.05 km/s
Iron Abundance0.03 ± 0.02 Fe/H
Spectral TypeG8IV-V
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,533 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
158614-00 3300.0A5.90000-123.00000-172.00000G5Yellow

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