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HIP 76690, HD139519

HIP 76690 Facts

HIP 76690's Alternative Names

HIP76690 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD139519.

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

Location of HIP 76690

The location of the subgiant 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 76690, the location is 15h 39m 36.41 and -27° 38` 35.7 .

Proper Motion of HIP 76690

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 3.08 ± 0.79 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 13.29 ± 1.03 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 (Colour) of HIP 76690

HIP 76690 Colour and Temperature

HIP 76690 has a spectral type of A2/A3IV/V. This means the star is a blue subgiant star.

HIP 76690 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

HIP 76690 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 2.14 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.59. 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 76690

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 8.06 which gave the calculated distance to HIP 76690 as 404.67 light years away from Earth or 124.07 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 404.67 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 6.26 which put HIP 76690 at a distance of 521.03 light years or 159.74 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 32,948,510.56 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 7,263.00 Parsecs or 23,689.24 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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 76690 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameHIP 76690
Alternative NamesHD 139519, HIP 76690
Spectral TypeA2/A3IV/V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeSubgiant Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationLibra
Absolute Magnitude 2.14 / 1.59
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.61
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 39m 36.41
Declination (Dec.)-27° 38` 35.7
Galactic Latitude21.96 degrees
Galactic Longitude342.70 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth8.06 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 404.67 Light Years
 124.07 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth6.26 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 521.03 Light Years
 159.74 Parsecs
  32,948,510.56 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,689.24 Light Years / 7,263.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.3.08 ± 0.79 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.13.29 ± 1.03 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-99.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.


Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
139519-2710492.2A8.400009.000009.00000A0White
B8.400001876

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