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HIP 64647, HD115066

HIP 64647 is a orange to red luminous giant star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. The description is based on the spectral class. HIP 64647 is not part of the constellation but is within the borders of the constellation.

The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

HIP 64647's Alternative Names

HIP64647 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD115066.

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

Location of HIP 64647

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For HIP 64647, the location is 13h 15m 04.35 and -30° 10` 53.0 .

Proper Motion of HIP 64647

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 -19.47 ± 0.43 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -31.72 ± 0.65 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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.

HIP 64647 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 21.21 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of HIP 64647

HIP 64647 has a spectral type of K0II. This means the star is a orange to red luminous giant star. The star is 7,323.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23,884.94 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.08 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,803 Kelvin.

HIP 64647 Radius has been calculated as being 5.27 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,667,267.83.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 5.47. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HIP 64647 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 64647 has an apparent magnitude of 7.83 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 2.04 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.96. 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 64647

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.95 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 64647 as 469.30 light years away from Earth or 143.88 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 469.30 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 6.70 which put HIP 64647 at a distance of 486.81 light years or 149.25 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 30,784,807.82 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 7,323.00 Parsecs or 23,884.94 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.

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 64647
Alternative NamesHD 115066, HIP 64647
Spectral TypeK0II
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeLuminous Giant Star
Colour orange to red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCentaurus
Absolute Magnitude 2.04 / 1.96
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.83
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 15m 04.35
Declination (Dec.)-30° 10` 53.0
Galactic Latitude32.41 degrees
Galactic Longitude308.98 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.95 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 469.30 Light Years
 143.88 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth6.70 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 486.81 Light Years
 149.25 Parsecs
 30,784,807.82 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,884.94 Light Years / 7,323.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-19.47 ± 0.43 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-31.72 ± 0.65 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.08
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)21.21

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,803 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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