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HIP 66207, HD117917

HIP 66207 Facts

HIP 66207's Alternative Names

HIP66207 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD117917.

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

Location of HIP 66207

The location of the giant 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For HIP 66207, the location is 13h 34m 12.57 and -40° 59` 02.0 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of HIP 66207

HIP 66207 Colour and Temperature

HIP 66207 has a spectral type of G6III. This means the star is a white to yellow giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.89 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,074 Kelvin.

HIP 66207 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 66207 has an apparent magnitude of 8.56 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 66207

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.05 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 66207 as -65232.67 light years away from Earth or -20000 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -65232.67 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 66207 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 66207
Alternative NamesHD 117917, HIP 66207
Spectral TypeG6III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourWhite to Yellow
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCentaurus
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.56
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 34m 12.57
Declination (Dec.)-40° 59` 02.0
Galactic Latitude21.17 degrees
Galactic Longitude311.57 degrees
Distance from Earth-0.05 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -65232.67 Light Years
 -20000 Parsecs
 -4,125,267,379.68 Astronomical Units
B-V Index0.89

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Effective Temperature5,074 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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