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HD 96700, HIP54400

HD 96700 is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Hydra. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it. The star has an estimated age of 11.90 Billion of Years but could be as young as 9.10 to 14.00 according to Hipparcos.

HIP54400 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD96700. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 269. Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major. The Gliese ID of the star is Gliese GL412.2. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Ref : Star Names. HD 96700 has at least 2 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.

Location of HD 96700

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For HD 96700, the location is 11h 07m 54.77 and -30d10`27.3 .

Proper Motion of HD 96700

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 -131.42 ± 0.39 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -505.21 ± 0.47 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

HD 96700 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 1.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Age, Radius) of HD 96700

HD 96700 has a spectral type of G1/G2V. This means the star is a white to yellow main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7397.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24126.3025556800000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.6 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,895 Kelvin.

HD 96700 Radius has been calculated as being 1.17 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 813,536.08.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 1.15. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.17 with an error value of 0.03 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 11.90 Billion years old but could be between 9.10 and 14.00 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old. The reported age is older than the widely recognised age of the Universe so a little scepticism about the age is warranted.

HD 96700 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 96700 has an apparent magnitude of 6.51 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 4.42 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.46. 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 96700

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 38.15 which gave the calculated distance to HD 96700 as 85.49 light years away from Earth or 26.21 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 85.49 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 38.98 which put HD 96700 at a distance of 83.67 light years or 25.65 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,397.00 Parsecs or 24,126.30 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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.

HD 96700 Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameHD 96700
Hipparcos Library I.D.54400
Gould I.D.269
Gliese ID412.2
Henry Draper Designation96700

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Age11.90 Billion Years Old
Age Range9.10 - 14.00 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude4.42 / 4.46
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.51
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)11h 07m 54.77
Declination (Dec.)-30d10`27.3
Galactic Latitude27.58 degrees
Galactic Longitude277.73 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth38.15 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 85.49 Light Years
 26.21 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth38.98 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 83.67 Light Years
 25.65 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,126.30 Light Years / 7,397.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-131.42 ± 0.39 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-505.21 ± 0.47 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.60
Radial Velocity12.81 ± 0.09 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.17 ± 0.03 Fe/H
Spectral TypeG1/G2V
Colour(G) White to Yellow

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count2

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)1.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature5,895 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars


List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting HD 96700


NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
Hd 96700 BConfirmed0.02848.1260.120110.0774
Hd 96700 CConfirmed0.04103.4900.3720110.422

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