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HD 168443 Facts

HD 168443's Alternative Names

HIP89844 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD168443.

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-09 4692.

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

Location of HD 168443

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 168443, the location is 18h 20m 03.99 and -09° 35` 42.6 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HD 168443

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 -222.83 ± 0.47 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -93.84 ± 0.69 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 -48.69 km/s with an error of about 0.10 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.

HD 168443 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 2.24 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 168443

HD 168443 Colour and Temperature

HD 168443 has a spectral type of G5. This means the star is a yellow star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.72 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,603 Kelvin.

HD 168443 Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 1.55 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,077,722.68.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 1.53. 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 1.00 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 11.30 Billion years old but could be between 10.50 and 12.30 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

HD 168443 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 168443 has an apparent magnitude of 6.92 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 4.03 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.05. 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 168443

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 26.40 which gave the calculated distance to HD 168443 as 123.55 light years away from Earth or 37.88 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 717,603,799,304,522.05.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 26.72 which put HD 168443 at a distance of 122.07 light years or 37.43 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 7,720,437.90 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,365.00 Parsecs or 24,021.93 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Time to Travel to HD 168443

A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

If you were to drive there at about 120 m.p.h. in a car with an infinity engine so you didn't have to pull over for petrol, it would take you 6,052,534,707,140.28 hours or 690,928,619.54 years.

At the time of writing, the fastest probe so far created is the New Horizon probe which is travelling at a speed of 33,000 m.p.h. If the probe was travelling to HD 168443 then it would take 22,009,217,116.87 hours / 2,512,467.71 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, 123.55 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 168443 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 168443
Alternative NamesHD 168443, HIP 89844, BD-09 4692
Spectral TypeG5
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
ColourYellow
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationSerpens
Age11.30 Billion Years Old
Age Range10.50 - 12.30 Billion Years Old
Metalicity0.0400
Absolute Magnitude 4.03 / 4.05
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.92
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 20m 03.99
Declination (Dec.)-09° 35` 42.6
Galactic Latitude2.51 degrees
Galactic Longitude20.82 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth26.40 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 123.55 Light Years
 37.88 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth26.72 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 122.07 Light Years
 37.43 Parsecs
 7,720,437.90 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,021.93 Light Years / 7,365.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-222.83 ± 0.47 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-93.84 ± 0.69 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.72
Radial Velocity-48.69 ± 0.10 km/s
Iron Abundance0.05 ± 0.01 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.37
Semi-Major Axis5032.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)2.24

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet Count2

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)1.53
Effective Temperature5,603 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun1.00

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting HD 168443


NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastronInclination
HD 168443 bConfirmed0.097558.1120.5288319980.2931172.923
HD 168443 cConfirmed6.1281749.8300.211320012.837364.87035.700

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