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HIP 66237

HIP 66237 is a orange to red star that can be located in the constellation of Coma Berenices. The description is based on the spectral class. HIP 66237 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 66237's Alternative Names

HIP66237 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+25 2648.

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

Location of HIP 66237

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 66237, the location is 13h 34m 29.67 and +24° 55` 03.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of HIP 66237

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 -15.42 ± 0.85 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -12.92 ± 1.41 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is -46.28 km/s with an error of about 1.00 km/s . 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 66237

HIP 66237 has a spectral type of K2. This means the star is a orange to red star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.18 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,605 Kelvin. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.48 with an error value of 0.11 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

HIP 66237 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 66237 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. If you used the 1997 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.89. 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 66237

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.60 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 66237 as -5436.06 light years away from Earth or -1666.67 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -5436.06 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 0.28 which put HIP 66237 at a distance of 11648.69 light years or 3571.43 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 736,655,183.89 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 66237 Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 66237
Alternative NamesHIP 66237, BD+25 2648
Spectral TypeK2
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
Colour orange to red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationComa Berenices
Absolute Magnitude / -2.89
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.87
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 34m 29.67
Declination (Dec.)+24° 55` 03.5
Galactic Latitude80.08 degrees
Galactic Longitude22.46 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-0.60 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -5436.06 Light Years
 -1666.67 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.28 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 11648.69 Light Years
 3571.43 Parsecs
 736,655,183.89 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-15.42 ± 0.85 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-12.92 ± 1.41 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.18
Radial Velocity-46.28 ± 1.00 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.48 ± 0.11 Fe/H

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,605 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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