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Hadar (Beta Centauri) - HD122451 - HIP68702 - HR5267

Hadar (Beta Centauri) is a blue pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. It is the 12th brightest star in the night sky. Beta Centauri is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR5267. HIP68702 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD122451. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 304. 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. Hadar has alternative name(s), Beta CenTau , bet_Cen. In Arabic, it is known as Hadar. Hadar is a multiple star system with 2 stars orbiting in its solar system.

Location of Hadar

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 Hadar, the location is 14h 03m 49.44 and -60d22`22.7 .

Proper Motion of Hadar

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 -023.16 ± 000.34 towards the north and -033.27 ± 000.50 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Hadar

Hadar has a spectral type of B1III. This means the star is a blue giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.23 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 19,982 Kelvin.

Hadar has been calculated as 9.46 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 6,579,049.17.km.

Hadar Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Hadar has an apparent magnitude of 0.61 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 -5.42 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.79. 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 Hadar

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.21 which gave the calculated distance to Hadar as 525.22 light years away from Earth or 161.03 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 525.22 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 8.32 which put Hadar at a distance of 392.02 light years or 120.19 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 Hadar

The star is a pulsating Beta Cephei 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. Hadar brightness ranges from a magnitude of 1.000 to a magnitude of 1.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star.

Meteor Showers Radiating from near Hadar

The Beta Centaurids Meteor Shower radiants from a point near this star. The meteor shower runs typically between 2-Feb - 25 Feb with a peak date of Feb 8/9.

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.

Hadar Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional NameHadar
Short Namebet Cen
Arabic NameHadar
English MeaningUn-translated
Bayer DesignationBeta Centauri
Alternative Name(s)Beta CenTau
Hipparcos Library I.D.68702
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id5267
Gould I.D.304
Henry Draper Designation122451

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude-5.42 / -4.79
Apparent Magnitude0.61
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 03m 49.44
Declination (Dec.)-60d22`22.7
1997 Distance from Earth6.21 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 525.22 Light Years
 161.03 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth8.32 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 392.02 Light Years
 120.19 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-23.16 ± 0.34 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-33.27 ± 0.50 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.23
Spectral TypeB1III
Brightest in Night Sky12th
Colour(B) blue
Stars in Solar System2

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeBeta Cephei

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)9.46
Calculated Effective Temperature19,982 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
122451-59 5365.4A0.90000-21.00000-23.00000B3Blue/White

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