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HD 117618, HIP66047

HD 117618 is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it. The star has an estimated age of 4.90 Billion of Years but could be as young as 3.20 to 6.80 according to Hipparcos. HD 117618 has at least 2 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.

HD 117618's Alternative Names

HIP66047 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD117618.

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

Location of HD 117618

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 HD 117618, the location is 13h 32m 25.53 and -47° 16` 15.8 .

Proper Motion of HD 117618

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 -125.01 ± 0.40 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 24.87 ± 0.60 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 1.60000 km/s with an error of about 0.76 km/s .

HD 117618 Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 1.7700000 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Metallicity, Age, Mass) of HD 117618

HD 117618 has a spectral type of G2V. This means the star is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7376.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24057.8082534400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.6 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,895 Kelvin.

HD 117618 Radius has been calculated as being 1.25 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 871,722.57.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.25. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's solar mass is 1.05 times that of the Sun's. The Sun's Mass is 1,989,100,000,000,000,000,000 billion kg. which to calculate using this website is too large. To give idea of size, the Sun is 99.86% the mass of the solar system.

The star's metallicity is 0.040000, this value is the fractional amount of the star that is not Hydrogen (X) or Helium (Y). An older star would have a high metallicity whereas a new star would have a lower one.

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 4.90 Billion years old but could be between 3.20 and 6.80 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

HD 117618 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 117618 has an apparent magnitude of 7.17 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 4.27 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.27. 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 117618

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 26.30 which gave the calculated distance to HD 117618 as 124.02 light years away from Earth or 38.02 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 124.02 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 26.34 which put HD 117618 at a distance of 123.83 light years or 37.97 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 7,376.00 Parsecs or 24,057.81 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.

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HD 117618 Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 117618, HIP 66047
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Age4.90 Billion Years Old
Age Range3.20 - 6.80 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude4.27 / 4.27
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.17
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 32m 25.53
Declination (Dec.)-47° 16` 15.8
Galactic Latitude15.03 degrees
Galactic Longitude310.11 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth26.30 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 124.02 Light Years
 38.02 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth26.34 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 123.83 Light Years
 37.97 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,057.81 Light Years / 7,376.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-125.01 ± 0.40 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.24.87 ± 0.60 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.60
Radial Velocity1.60 ± 0.76 km/s
Iron Abundance0.02 ± 0.02 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis8130.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)1.77
Spectral TypeG2V
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count2

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,895 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun1.05

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting HD 117618

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastronInclination
HD 117618 bConfirmed0.0225.8270.4220040.176245.0002004.000
HD 117618 cConfirmed0.1318.0000.020130.93360.0002013.000

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