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HIP 6622, HD8788

HIP 6622 is a blue to white subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Hydrus. The description is based on the spectral class. HIP 6622 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 6622's Alternative Names

HIP6622 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD8788.

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

Location of HIP 6622

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 6622, the location is 01h 24m 59.76 and -63° 57` 40.2 .

Proper Motion of HIP 6622

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 -1.71 ± 0.76 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 35.89 ± 0.90 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.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of HIP 6622

HIP 6622 has a spectral type of F0IV. This means the star is a blue to white subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.42 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,635 Kelvin.

HIP 6622 Radius has been calculated as being 2.46 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,712,708.66.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 3.06. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HIP 6622 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 6622 has an apparent magnitude of 9.45 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 2.29 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.82. 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 6622

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.70 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 6622 as 881.52 light years away from Earth or 270.27 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 881.52 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 2.98 which put HIP 6622 at a distance of 1094.51 light years or 335.57 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 69,215,798.73 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.

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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HIP 6622 Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 6622
Alternative NamesHD 8788, HIP 6622
Spectral TypeF0IV
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeSubgiant Star
Colour blue to white
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationHydrus
Absolute Magnitude 2.29 / 1.82
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.45
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)01h 24m 59.76
Declination (Dec.)-63° 57` 40.2
Galactic Latitude-52.77 degrees
Galactic Longitude296.86 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.70 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 881.52 Light Years
 270.27 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.98 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1094.51 Light Years
 335.57 Parsecs
 69,215,798.73 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-1.71 ± 0.76 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.35.89 ± 0.90 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.42

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature6,635 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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