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HIP 66054, HD117562

Primary Facts on HIP 66054

  • HIP 66054'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 66054 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (B8V) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • The star is calculated at being about -3977.60 light years away from us.

HIP 66054's Alternative Names

HIP66054 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD117562.

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

Location of HIP 66054

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 66054, the location is 13h 32m 31.29 and -58° 27` 40.4 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of HIP 66054

HIP 66054 has a spectral type of B8V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.1 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 8,455 Kelvin.

HIP 66054 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 66054 has an apparent magnitude of 9.87 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 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 66054

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.82 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 66054 as -3977.60 light years away from Earth or -1219.51 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -3977.60 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

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 66054 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 66054
Alternative NamesHD 117562, HIP 66054
Spectral TypeB8V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCentaurus
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.87
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 32m 31.29
Declination (Dec.)-58° 27` 40.4
Galactic Latitude3.98 degrees
Galactic Longitude308.30 degrees
Distance from Earth-0.82 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -3977.60 Light Years
 -1219.51 Parsecs
 -251,540,241.11 Astronomical Units
B-V Index0.10

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature8,455 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.


Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
117562-57 6117.4A10.50000-5.00000-4.00000B8Blue/White
B10.90000-5.00000-4.000001991

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