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HIP 66307, HD118086

HIP 66307 is a orange to red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. 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.

HIP 66307's Alternative Names

HIP66307 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD118086.

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

Location of HIP 66307

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 66307, the location is 13h 35m 21.47 and -41° 48` 43.0 .

Proper Motion of HIP 66307

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 5.77 ± 0.66 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -3.85 ± 1.07 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of HIP 66307

HIP 66307 has a spectral type of K0III. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,849 Kelvin.

HIP 66307 Radius has been calculated as being 9.15 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 6,369,063.93.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 11.47. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HIP 66307 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 66307 has an apparent magnitude of 8.92 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 0.80 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.31. 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 66307

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.38 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 66307 as 1370.43 light years away from Earth or 420.17 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1370.43 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 1.90 which put HIP 66307 at a distance of 1716.65 light years or 526.32 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.

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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 66307
Alternative NamesHD 118086, HIP 66307
Spectral TypeK0III
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour orange to red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCentaurus
Absolute Magnitude0.80 / 0.31
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.92
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 35m 21.47
Declination (Dec.)-41° 48` 43.0
Galactic Latitude20.32 degrees
Galactic Longitude311.64 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.38 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1370.43 Light Years
 420.17 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.90 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1716.65 Light Years
 526.32 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.5.77 ± 0.66 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-3.85 ± 1.07 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,849 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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