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HIP 76442, HD138940

HIP 76442 Facts

  • HIP 76442 is a main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Lupus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • HIP 76442 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (B9V) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 491.95 light years away from us. Distance

HIP 76442's Alternative Names

HIP76442 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD138940.

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

Location of HIP 76442

The location of the main sequence 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 76442, the location is 15h 36m 44.02 and -41° 03` 37.5 .

Proper Motion of HIP 76442

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 -12.75 ± 0.37 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -14.00 ± 0.59 milliarcseconds/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 of HIP 76442

HIP 76442 Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of B9V , HIP 76442's colour and type is blue main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.02 which means the star's temperature is about 9,839 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

HIP 76442 Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 21.75 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

HIP 76442 Radius

HIP 76442 estimated radius has been calculated as being 2.08 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,450,362.90.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 1.4554074662049921882011962256. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

HIP 76442 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 76442 has an apparent magnitude of 7.61 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 0.94 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.72. 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 76442

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.63000 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 76442 as 704.46 light years away from Earth or 215.98 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 4,141,256,430,392,925.90, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 6.63000 which put HIP 76442 at a distance of 491.95 light years or 150.83 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 31,110,703.94 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. The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,269.00 Parsecs or 23,708.81 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to HIP 76442

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking482,477,462,659.14
Car1202,749,248,755.30
Airbus A380736448,247,079.67
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269429,979,382.25
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54214,989,410.92
New Horizons Probe33,0009,997,268.20
Speed of Light670,616,629.00491.95

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 76442 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 76442
Alternative NamesHD 138940, HIP 76442
Spectral TypeB9V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationLupus
Absolute Magnitude 0.94 / 1.72
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.61
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 36m 44.02
Declination (Dec.)-41° 03` 37.5
Galactic Latitude11.79718731 degrees
Galactic Longitude333.50473109 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.63000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 704.46 Light Years
 215.98 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth6.63000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 491.95 Light Years
 150.83 Parsecs
 31,110,703.94 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,708.81 Light Years / 7,269.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-12.75000 ± 0.37000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-14.00000 ± 0.59000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.02
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)21.7500000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)1.46
Effective Temperature9,839 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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