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HIP 66336

HIP 66336 is a blue to white star that can be located in the constellation of Coma Berenices. 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 66336's Alternative Names

HIP66336 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+24 2602.

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

Location of HIP 66336

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 66336, the location is 13h 35m 42.31 and +24° 02` 33.1 .

Proper Motion of HIP 66336

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 8.51 ± 0.79 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -48.28 ± 1.54 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 66336

HIP 66336 has a spectral type of F8. This means the star is a blue to white star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.53 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,040 Kelvin.

HIP 66336 Radius has been calculated as being 105.41 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 73,344,500.75.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 6.53. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HIP 66336 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 66336 has an apparent magnitude of 10.31 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 -5.46 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.58. 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 66336

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.07 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 66336 as 46594.76 light years away from Earth or 14285.71 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 46594.76 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 1.13 which put HIP 66336 at a distance of 2886.40 light years or 884.96 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 66336
Alternative NamesHIP 66336, BD+24 2602
Spectral TypeF8
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
Colour blue to white
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationComa Berenices
Absolute Magnitude-5.46 / 0.58
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.31
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 35m 42.31
Declination (Dec.)+24° 02` 33.1
Galactic Latitude79.56 degrees
Galactic Longitude18.20 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth0.07 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 46594.76 Light Years
 14285.71 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.13 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2886.40 Light Years
 884.96 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.8.51 ± 0.79 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-48.28 ± 1.54 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.53

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature6,040 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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