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HIP 65972, HD117548

Primary Facts on HIP 65972

  • HIP 65972's star type is main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • HIP 65972 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (F2/F3V) of the star, the star's colour is blue to white .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • The star has an estimated age of 1.00 Billion of Years but could be as young as 0.90 to 1.10 according to Hipparcos.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 526.92 light years away from us.

HIP 65972's Alternative Names

HIP65972 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD117548.

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

Location of HIP 65972

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 65972, the location is 13h 31m 34.37 and -32° 08` 26.5 .

Proper Motion of HIP 65972

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 -21.58 ± 0.39 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -68.41 ± 0.56 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 65972 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 23.19 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, Age) of HIP 65972

HIP 65972 has a spectral type of F2/F3V. This means the star is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,307.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or in terms of Light Years is 23,832.76 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.39 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,775 Kelvin.

HIP 65972 Radius has been calculated as being 2.92 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,030,258.16.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 3.57. 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 0.13 with an error value of 0.15 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 1.00 Billion years old but could be between 0.90 and 1.10 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

HIP 65972 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 65972 has an apparent magnitude of 7.43 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 1.83 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.39. 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 65972

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 7.58 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 65972 as 430.29 light years away from Earth or 131.93 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 430.29 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 6.19 which put HIP 65972 at a distance of 526.92 light years or 161.55 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 33,321,847.26 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 7,307.00 Parsecs or 23,832.76 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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Additional HIP 65972 Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 65972
Alternative NamesHD 117548, HIP 65972
Spectral TypeF2/F3V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue to white
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCentaurus
Age1.00 Billion Years Old
Age Range0.90 - 1.10 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude 1.83 / 1.39
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.43
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 31m 34.37
Declination (Dec.)-32° 08` 26.5
Galactic Latitude29.97 degrees
Galactic Longitude312.74 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth7.58 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 430.29 Light Years
 131.93 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth6.19 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 526.92 Light Years
 161.55 Parsecs
 33,321,847.26 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,832.76 Light Years / 7,307.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-21.58 ± 0.39 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-68.41 ± 0.56 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.39
Iron Abundance0.13 ± 0.15 Fe/H
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)23.19

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature6,775 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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