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HD 223960

HD 223960 Facts

HD 223960's Alternative Names

HIP117830 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD223960.

HD 223960 has alternative name(s) :- , V819 Cas.

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+60 2636.

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

Location of HD 223960

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 223960, the location is 23h 53m 49.99 and +60° 51` 12.3 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of HD 223960

HD 223960 has a spectral type of A0Ia comp. This means the star is a blue supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.62 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,829 Kelvin.

HD 223960 Radius has been calculated as being 44.44 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 30,919,566.31.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HD 223960 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 223960 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. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.43 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 223960

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.85 which gave the calculated distance to HD 223960 as 3837.22 light years away from Earth or 1176.47 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 3837.22 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet. HD 223960 brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.093 to a magnitude of 7.009 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 223960 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 223960
Alternative NamesHD 223960, HIP 117830, BD+60 2636, V819 Cas
Spectral TypeA0Ia comp
Constellation's Main Star No
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCassiopeia
Absolute Magnitude -3.43
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.92
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)23h 53m 49.99
Declination (Dec.)+60° 51` 12.3
Galactic Latitude-1.24 degrees
Galactic Longitude115.97 degrees
Distance from Earth0.85 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 3837.22 Light Years
 1176.47 Parsecs
 242,662,665.71 Astronomical Units
B-V Index0.62
Radial Velocity-51.00 ± 4.00 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.071
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.009 - 7.093

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)44.44
Effective Temperature5,829 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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