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HD 208487

HD 208487 Facts

  • HD 208487 is a main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Grus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • HD 208487 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (G2V:) of the star, the star's colour is yellow .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • The star has an estimated age of 5.00 Billion of Years but could be as young as 3.20 to 6.30 according to Hipparcos.
  • HD 208487 has at least 1 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 149.55 light years away from us. Distance

HD 208487's Alternative Names

HIP108375 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD208487.

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

Location of HD 208487

The location of the main sequence 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 208487, the location is 21h 57m 19.77 and -37° 45` 48.0 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HD 208487

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 -118.53 ± 0.41 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 100.51 ± 0.65 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 6.80000 km/s with an error of about 0.85 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 208487

HD 208487 Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of G2V: , HD 208487's colour and type is yellow main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.56 which means the star's temperature is about 6,044 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

HD 208487 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 1.91 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

HD 208487 Radius

HD 208487 estimated radius has been calculated as being 1.20 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 836,945.53.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 1.2537578162438247369012783872. 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 208487 Mass

The HD 208487's solar mass is 1.30 times that of our star, the Sun. 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.

HD 208487 Metalicity

The star's metallicity is -0.060000, 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.

HD 208487 Estimated Age

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 5.00 Billion years old but could be between 3.20 and 6.30 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

HD 208487 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 208487 has an apparent magnitude of 7.47 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 4.25 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.16. 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 208487

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 22.73000 which gave the calculated distance to HD 208487 as 143.49 light years away from Earth or 43.99 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 843,523,954,798,116.20, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 21.81000 which put HD 208487 at a distance of 149.55 light years or 45.85 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 9,457,175.47 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 7,372.00 Parsecs or 24,044.76 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to HD 208487

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 A380736136,264,560.96
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269130,711,284.92
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5465,355,557.28
New Horizons Probe33,0003,039,112.63
Speed of Light670,616,629.00149.55

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 208487 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 208487
Alternative NamesHD 208487, HIP 108375
Spectral TypeG2V:
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Age5.00 Billion Years Old
Age Range3.20 - 6.30 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude 4.25 / 4.16
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.47
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)21h 57m 19.77
Declination (Dec.)-37° 45` 48.0
Galactic Latitude-52.12696061 degrees
Galactic Longitude5.41162843 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth22.73000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 143.49 Light Years
 43.99 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth21.81000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 149.55 Light Years
 45.85 Parsecs
 9,457,175.47 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,044.76 Light Years / 7,372.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-118.53000 ± 0.41000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.100.51000 ± 0.65000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.56
Radial Velocity6.80000 ± 0.85 km/s
Iron Abundance0.0300 ± 0.02 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis6516.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)1.9100000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count1

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)1.25
Effective Temperature6,044 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun1.30

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting HD 208487

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
HD 208487 bConfirmed0.05129.8000.2120040.51123.000

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