Kornephoros (Beta Herculis) is a white to yellow giant star that can be located in the constellation of Hercules. Beta Herculis is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6148. HIP80816 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD148856. Kornephoros has alternative name(s), 27 Herculis , 27 Her.
Kornephoros has used up its hydrogen supplies and has swelled to be about 17 times as big as the sun. It is believed to be a binary multiple star system and is a variable stars where its magnitude can get as big as 2.76. Even though it is multiple star system, it is not possible to make out the two stars with a naked eye, you would need an instrumenet to help.1
The star itself can be located at what could be said is the ankle of Hercules right leg. Although it is only Beta Herculis, it is the brightest star in the constellation. Alpha designation for the constellation belongs to Ras Algethi which is situated at the bottom of the picture, just inside the Hercules boundary.
The location of the star in the galaxy 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 Kornephoros, the location is 16h 30m 13.26 and +21d29`22.7 .
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 -015.39 ± 000.36 towards the north and -099.15 ± 000.58 east if we saw them in the horizon.
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 113.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.
Kornephoros has a spectral type of G8III. This means the star is a white to yellow giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.94 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,968 Kelvin.
Kornephoros has been calculated as 15.87 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 11,041,537.83.km.
Kornephoros has an apparent magnitude of 2.78 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 -0.50 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.37. 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 22.07 which gave the calculated distance to Kornephoros as 147.79 light years away from Earth or 45.31 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 147.79 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 23.44 which put Kornephoros at a distance of 139.15 light years or 42.66 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.
|Short Name||27 Her|
|Bayer Designation||Beta Herculis|
|Alternative Name(s)||27 Herculis|
|Hipparcos Library I.D.||80816|
|Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id||6148|
|Bonner Durchmusterung||BD+21 2934|
|Henry Draper Designation||148856|
|Star Type||giant star|
|Absolute Magnitude||-0.50 / -0.37|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||16h 30m 13.26|
|1997 Distance from Earth||22.07 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|147.79 Light Years|
|2007 Revised Distance from Earth||23.44 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|139.15 Light Years|
|Proper Motion Dec.||-15.39 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||-99.15 ± 0.58 milliarcseconds/year|
|Orbital Period (Days)||410.58|
|Argument Of Periastron||24.61|
|Colour||(G) White to Yellow|
|Radius (x the Sun)||15.87|
|Luminosity (x the Sun)||113.0000000|
|Calculated Effective Temperature||4,968 Kelvin|
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.
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|H.D. Id||B.D. Id||Star Code||Magnitude||R.A.||Dec.||Spectrum||Colour||Year|