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HIP 4160 - HD5132

HIP 4160 is a blue star that can be located in the constellation of Cetus. HIP4160 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD5132.

Location of HIP 4160

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 HIP 4160, the location is 00h 53m 07.78 and -17d39`06.4 .

Proper Motion of HIP 4160

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 005.11 ± 000.37 towards the north and -013.47 ± 000.61 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of HIP 4160

HIP 4160 has a spectral type of A6:m.... This means the star is a blue star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.32 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,698 Kelvin.

HIP 4160 has been calculated as 2.30 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,597,621.81.km.

HIP 4160 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 4160 has an apparent magnitude of 7.64 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 2.40 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.85. 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 HIP 4160

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 8.94 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 4160 as 364.84 light years away from Earth or 111.86 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 364.84 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 11.01 which put HIP 4160 at a distance of 296.24 light years or 90.83 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.

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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

HIP 4160 Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional NameHIP 4160
Hipparcos Library I.D.4160
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-18 143
Henry Draper Designation5132

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude2.40 / 2.85
Apparent Magnitude7.64
Right Ascension (R.A.)00h 53m 07.78
Declination (Dec.)-17d39`06.4
1997 Distance from Earth8.94 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 364.84 Light Years
 111.86 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth11.01 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 296.24 Light Years
 90.83 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.5.11 ± 0.37 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-13.47 ± 0.61 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.32
Spectral TypeA6:m...
Colour(A) blue

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)2.30
Calculated Effective Temperature6,698 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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