Universe Guide

HD 152234

HD 152234 Facts

  • HD 152234 is a supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Scorpius. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • HD 152234 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (B0.5Ia) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 2588.60 light years away from us. Distance

HD 152234's Alternative Names

HIP82676 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD152234.

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

Location of HD 152234

The location of the supergiant 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 152234, the location is 16h 54m 01.84 and -41° 48` 23.0 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HD 152234

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 -3.19 ± 0.37 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -0.97 ± 0.63 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 -37.50000 km/s with an error of about 2.90 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 152234

HD 152234 Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of B0.5Ia , HD 152234's colour and type is blue supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.17 which means the star's temperature is about 7,653 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

HD 152234 Radius

HD 152234 estimated radius has been calculated as being 78.22 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 54,422,907.26.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 34.141267629793815709112322555. 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 152234 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 152234 has an apparent magnitude of 5.46 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 -5.84 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.04. 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 152234

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.55000 which gave the calculated distance to HD 152234 as 5930.24 light years away from Earth or 1818.18 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 34,861,659,333,068,371.37, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 1.26000 which put HD 152234 at a distance of 2588.60 light years or 793.65 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 163,700,922.79 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 152234

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)
Airbus A3807362,358,638,866.62
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2692,262,515,761.52
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.541,131,256,406.37
New Horizons Probe33,00052,604,794.12
Speed of Light670,616,629.002,588.60
HD 152234 brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.535 to a magnitude of 5.497 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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.

Hide Explanations
Show GridLines

Additional HD 152234 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 152234
Alternative NamesHD 152234, HIP 82676
Spectral TypeB0.5Ia
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -5.84 / -4.04
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.46
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)16h 54m 01.84
Declination (Dec.)-41° 48` 23.0
Galactic Latitude1.21550189 degrees
Galactic Longitude343.46281551 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth0.55000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 5930.24 Light Years
 1818.18 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.26000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2588.60 Light Years
 793.65 Parsecs
 163,700,922.79 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-3.19000 ± 0.37000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-0.97000 ± 0.63000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.17
Radial Velocity-37.50000 ± 2.90 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Mean Variability Period in Days0.033
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.497 - 5.535

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)34.14
Effective Temperature7,653 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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

Related Stars

Comments and Questions

There's no register feature and no need to give an email address if you don't need to. All messages will be reviewed before being displayed. Comments may be merged or altered slightly such as if an email address is given in the main body of the comment.

You can decline to give a name which if that is the case, the comment will be attributed to a random star. A name is preferred even if its a random made up one by yourself.

This website is using cookies. More info. That's Fine