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HIP 66284

Primary Facts on HIP 66284

HIP 66284's Alternative Names

HIP66284 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+39 2659.

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

Location of HIP 66284

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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For HIP 66284, the location is 13h 35m 07.41 and +38° 18` 21.9 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of HIP 66284

HIP 66284 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 1.28 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,422 Kelvin.

HIP 66284 Radius has been calculated as being 20.69 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 14,393,153.26.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HIP 66284 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 66284 has an apparent magnitude of 9.66 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 -0.57 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 66284

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.90 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 66284 as 3624.04 light years away from Earth or 1111.11 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 3624.04 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 66284 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 66284
Alternative NamesHIP 66284, BD+39 2659
Spectral TypeK2
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
Colour orange to red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanes Venatici
Absolute Magnitude -0.57
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.66
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 35m 07.41
Declination (Dec.)+38° 18` 21.9
Galactic Latitude75.55 degrees
Galactic Longitude86.35 degrees
Distance from Earth0.90 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 3624.04 Light Years
 1111.11 Parsecs
 229,181,291.91 Astronomical Units
B-V Index1.28

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)20.69
Effective Temperature4,422 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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