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HD 98649 Facts

  • HD 98649 is a main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Crater. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • HD 98649 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (G3/G5V) 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.
  • HD 98649 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 135.45 light years away from us. Distance

HD 98649's Alternative Names

HIP55409 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD98649.

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-22 3121.

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

Location of HD 98649

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 98649, the location is 11h 20m 51.90 and -23° 13` 00.9 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HD 98649

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 -177.51 ± 0.51 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -199.28 ± 0.79 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 4.00000 km/s with an error of about 0.30 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 98649

HD 98649 Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of G3/G5V , HD 98649's colour and type is yellow main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.65 which means the star's temperature is about 5,722 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

HD 98649 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 1.01 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

HD 98649 Radius

HD 98649 estimated radius has been calculated as being 1.02 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 711,614.20.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 0.9902833901934605359221740670. 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 98649 Iron Abundance

HD 98649 Iron Abundance is 0.03 with an error value of 0.08 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context. The value comes from the Hipparcos Extended Catalog.

HD 98649 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HD 98649 has an apparent magnitude of 8.00 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 4.84 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.91. 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 98649

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 23.38000 which gave the calculated distance to HD 98649 as 139.51 light years away from Earth or 42.77 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 820,127,025,812,845.43, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 24.08000 which put HD 98649 at a distance of 135.45 light years or 41.53 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 8,566,117.71 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 7,396.00 Parsecs or 24,123.04 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 98649

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)
Walking422,708,755,599.51
Car120756,958,519.98
Airbus A380736123,417,150.00
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269118,387,452.64
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5459,193,649.17
New Horizons Probe33,0002,752,576.44
Speed of Light670,616,629.00135.45

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 98649 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHD 98649
Alternative NamesHD 98649, HIP 55409, BD-22 3121
Spectral TypeG3/G5V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourYellow
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCrater
Absolute Magnitude 4.84 / 4.91
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)11h 20m 51.90
Declination (Dec.)-23° 13` 00.9
Galactic Latitude35.10776337 degrees
Galactic Longitude277.30567425 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth23.38000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 139.51 Light Years
 42.77 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth24.08000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 135.45 Light Years
 41.53 Parsecs
 8,566,117.71 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,123.04 Light Years / 7,396.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-177.51000 ± 0.51000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-199.28000 ± 0.79000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.65
Radial Velocity4.00000 ± 0.30 km/s
Iron Abundance0.0300 ± 0.08 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.15020
Semi-Major Axis6359.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)1.0100000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet Count1

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)0.99
Effective Temperature5,722 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting HD 98649


NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
HD 98649 bConfirmed0.56023.0000.8620116.57252.600

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