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HD 115444

HD 115444 Facts

HD 115444's Alternative Names

HIP64786 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD115444.

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+37 2388.

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

Location of HD 115444

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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For HD 115444, the location is 13h 16m 42.46 and +36° 22` 53.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HD 115444

Proper Motion

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 -59.46 ± 0.60 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 3.85 ± 1.01 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is -27.19 km/s with an error of about 0.33 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of HD 115444

HD 115444 Colour and Temperature

HD 115444 has a spectral type of K0. This means the star is a orange to red star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.74 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,558 Kelvin.

HD 115444 Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 4.58 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,188,114.84.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. 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 -2.59 with an error value of 0.02 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

HD 115444 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 115444 has an apparent magnitude of 8.96 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.71 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 HD 115444

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.55 which gave the calculated distance to HD 115444 as 918.77 light years away from Earth or 281.69 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 918.77 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

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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Additional HD 115444 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 115444
Alternative NamesHD 115444, HIP 64786, BD+37 2388
Spectral TypeK0
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanes Venatici
Absolute Magnitude 1.71
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.96
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 16m 42.46
Declination (Dec.)+36° 22` 53.2
Galactic Latitude79.31 degrees
Galactic Longitude94.41 degrees
Distance from Earth3.55 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 918.77 Light Years
 281.69 Parsecs
 58,102,328.41 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-59.46 ± 0.60 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.3.85 ± 1.01 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.74
Radial Velocity-27.19 ± 0.33 km/s
Iron Abundance-2.59 ± 0.02 Fe/H

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)4.58
Effective Temperature5,558 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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