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HD 52666

HD 52666 Facts

HD 52666's Alternative Names

HIP33878 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD52666.

HD 52666 has alternative name(s) :- , NSV 03341.

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-05 1926.

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

Location of HD 52666

The location of the giant 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 52666, the location is 07h 01m 56.39 and -05° 43` 19.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HD 52666

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 6.75 ± 0.19 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -16.41 ± 0.28 miliarcseconds/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 1.70 km/s with an error of about 0.80 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 (Colour, Temperature) of HD 52666

HD 52666 Colour and Temperature

HD 52666 has a spectral type of M2III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.68 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,539 Kelvin.

HD 52666 Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 46.90 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 32,631,741.59.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 39.37. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HD 52666 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 52666 has an apparent magnitude of 5.22 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 -1.38 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.00. 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 52666

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.78 which gave the calculated distance to HD 52666 as 682.35 light years away from Earth or 209.21 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 682.35 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 5.71 which put HD 52666 at a distance of 571.21 light years or 175.13 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 36,122,903.81 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 7,536.00 Parsecs or 24,579.67 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*. HD 52666 brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.327 to a magnitude of 5.277 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.

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Additional HD 52666 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 52666
Alternative NamesHD 52666, HIP 33878, BD-05 1926, NSV 03341
Spectral TypeM2III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourRed
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationMonoceros
Absolute Magnitude -1.38 / -1.00
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.22
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 01m 56.39
Declination (Dec.)-05° 43` 19.5
Galactic Latitude-0.28 degrees
Galactic Longitude219.22 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.78 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 682.35 Light Years
 209.21 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth5.71 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 571.21 Light Years
 175.13 Parsecs
 36,122,903.81 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,579.67 Light Years / 7,536.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.6.75 ± 0.19 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-16.41 ± 0.28 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.68
Radial Velocity1.70 ± 0.80 km/s
Eccentricity0.25
Semi-Major Axis9678.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.042
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.277 - 5.327

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)39.37
Effective Temperature3,539 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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