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HD 143414 (Wolf-Rayet Star) Facts

HD 143414 Facts

  • HD 143414 is a eclipsing binary sys wolf-rayet star that can be located in the constellation of Triangulum Australe. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • HD 143414 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 2938.41 light years away from us. Distance

HD 143414's Alternative Names

HIP78689 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD143414.

HD 143414 has alternative name(s) :- , LT TrA.

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

Location of HD 143414

The location of the wolf-rayet 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 143414, the location is 16h 03m 49.35 and -62° 41` 35.8 .

Wolf-Rayet Star

The star is a Wolf-Rayet, a rare type of star of which not many are known. These stars are extremely luminous and large compared to our Sun. They live fast and die hard in a matter of millions not billions of years like our Sun. They exhaust their hydrogen supplies, turning to other gasses and expand outwards with massive solar winds, moving a step closer in the stellar evolution towards their death in a super or hypernova explosion.

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HD 143414

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 -13.66 ± 1.37 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -6.89 ± 1.83 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 0.00000 km/s with an error of about 10.00 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 of HD 143414

HD 143414 Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of WN6 SB1 The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.06 which means the star's temperature is about 12,136 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

HD 143414 Radius

HD 143414 estimated radius has been calculated as being 1.24 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 865,416.96.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.8228424283714108668442208264. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HD 143414 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 143414 has an apparent magnitude of 10.09 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 1.15 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.32. 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 143414

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.63000 which gave the calculated distance to HD 143414 as 2001.00 light years away from Earth or 613.50 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 11,763,129,371,740,403.61, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 1.11000 which put HD 143414 at a distance of 2938.41 light years or 900.90 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 185,822,669.12 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.

Travel Time to HD 143414

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking4492,636,652,204.97
Car12016,421,221,740.17
Airbus A3807362,677,373,109.81
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2692,568,260,426.03
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.541,284,128,539.38
New Horizons Probe33,00059,713,533.60
Speed of Light670,616,629.002,938.41

Variable Type of HD 143414

The star is a eclipsing binary sys Eruptive Wolf-Rayet 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. HD 143414 brightness ranges from a magnitude of 10.095 to a magnitude of 9.927 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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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Additional HD 143414 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 143414
Alternative NamesHD 143414, HIP 78689, LT TrA, WR 71
Spectral TypeWN6 SB1
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeWolf-Rayet star
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationTriangulum Australe
Absolute Magnitude 1.15 / 0.32
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.09
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)16h 03m 49.35
Declination (Dec.)-62° 41` 35.8
Galactic Latitude-7.61315595 degrees
Galactic Longitude323.08146054 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.63000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2001.00 Light Years
 613.50 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.11000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2938.41 Light Years
 900.90 Parsecs
 185,822,669.12 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-13.66000 ± 1.37000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-6.89000 ± 1.83000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.06
Radial Velocity0.00000 ± 10.00 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEclipsing binary sys
Variable Star TypeEruptive Wolf-Rayet
Mean Variability Period in Days0.148
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)9.927 - 10.095

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)1.82
Effective Temperature12,136 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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