HIP 66169 is a star that can be located in the constellation of Virgo. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
HIP66169 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.
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+02 2691.
More details on star alternative names can be found at Star Names .
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 66169, the location is 13h 33m 47.50 and +01° 43` 21.9 .
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 -175.56 ± 0.87 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -170.62 ± 1.62 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.
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 0.37 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.
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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||HIP 66169|
|Alternative Names||HIP 66169, BD+02 2691|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Absolute Magnitude||6.02 / 5.99|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||10.11|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||13h 33m 47.50|
|Declination (Dec.)||+01° 43` 21.9|
|Galactic Latitude||62.64 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||326.49 degrees|
|1997 Distance from Earth||15.19 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|214.72 Light Years|
|2007 Distance from Earth||15.01 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|217.30 Light Years|
|Galacto-Centric Distance||24,054.55 Light Years / 7,375.00 Parsecs|
|Proper Motion Dec.||-175.56 ± 0.87 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||-170.62 ± 1.62 milliarcseconds/year|
|Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)||0.37|