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Maasym, Lambda Herculis, 76 Herculis, HD158899, HIP85693, HR6526

Maasym (Lambda Herculis) Location in Hercules

Maasym (Lambda Herculis) is a orange to red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Hercules. The description is based on the spectral class. Maasym is a main star of the constellation.

The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Maasym's Alternative Names

Lambda Herculis (Lam Her) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6526. HIP85693 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD158899.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 76 Herculis with it shortened to 76 Her.

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+26 3034.

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

Location of Maasym

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 Maasym, the location is 17h 30m 44.30 and +26° 06` 38.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Maasym

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 16.62 ± 0.16 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 18.81 ± 0.22 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is -26.51 km/s with an error of about 0.38 km/s . 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.

Maasym 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 464.98 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Maasym

Maasym has a spectral type of K3IIIvar. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star is 7,336.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23,927.34 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.43 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,110 Kelvin.

Maasym Radius has been calculated as being 27.24 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 18,954,508.67.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 27.37. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.02 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Maasym Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Maasym has an apparent magnitude of 4.41 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 -0.85 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.86. 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 Maasym

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 8.88 which gave the calculated distance to Maasym as 367.30 light years away from Earth or 112.61 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 367.30 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 8.83 which put Maasym at a distance of 369.38 light years or 113.25 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 23,359,326.54 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 7,336.00 Parsecs or 23,927.34 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameMaasym
Alternative NamesLambda Herculis, Lam Her, HD 158899, HIP 85693, HR 6526, 76 Herculis, 76 Her, BD+26 3034
Spectral TypeK3IIIvar
Constellation's Main StarYes
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour orange to red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationHercules
Absolute Magnitude -0.85 / -0.86
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.41
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 30m 44.30
Declination (Dec.)+26° 06` 38.2
Galactic Latitude28.44 degrees
Galactic Longitude49.48 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth8.88 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 367.30 Light Years
 112.61 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth8.83 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 369.38 Light Years
 113.25 Parsecs
 23,359,326.54 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,927.34 Light Years / 7,336.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.16.62 ± 0.16 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.18.81 ± 0.22 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.43
Radial Velocity-26.51 ± 0.38 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.02 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.08
Semi-Major Axis7797.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)464.98

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,110 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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