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Upsilon Cygni, 66 Cygni, HD202904, HIP105138, HR8146

Upsilon Cygni is a blue eruptive main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Cygnus. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Upsilon Cygni's Alternative Names

Upsilon Cygni (Ups Cyg) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR8146. HIP105138 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD202904.

Upsilon Cygni has alternative name(s) :- , ups Cyg.

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 66 Cygni with it shortened to 66 Cyg.

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+34 4371.

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

Location of Upsilon Cygni

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 Upsilon Cygni, the location is 21h 17m 55.07 and +34° 53` 48.8 .

Proper Motion of Upsilon Cygni

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 6.49 ± 0.36 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 10.03 ± 0.55 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 us is -0.70000 km/s with an error of about 1.30 km/s .

Upsilon Cygni 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 1,041.69 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 Upsilon Cygni

Upsilon Cygni has a spectral type of B2Vne. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7,373.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,048.02 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.1 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 11,677 Kelvin.

Upsilon Cygni Radius has been calculated as being 8.28 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 5,764,382.07.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 5.89. 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 -0.36 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Upsilon Cygni Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Upsilon Cygni 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 -2.80 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.06. 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 Upsilon Cygni

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.62 which gave the calculated distance to Upsilon Cygni as 901.00 light years away from Earth or 276.24 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 901.00 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 5.08 which put Upsilon Cygni at a distance of 642.05 light years or 196.85 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,373.00 Parsecs or 24,048.02 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of Upsilon Cygni

The star is a eruptive Gamma Cassiopeiae variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. Upsilon Cygni brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.410 to a magnitude of 4.142 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.3 days (variability).

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 NameUpsilon Cygni
Alternative NamesUps Cyg, HD 202904, HIP 105138, HR 8146, 66 Cygni, 66 Cyg, BD+34 4371, ups Cyg
Spectral TypeB2Vne
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCygnus
Absolute Magnitude-2.80 / -2.06
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.41
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)21h 17m 55.07
Declination (Dec.)+34° 53` 48.8
Galactic Latitude-10.05 degrees
Galactic Longitude80.98 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.62 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 901.00 Light Years
 276.24 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth5.08 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 642.05 Light Years
 196.85 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,048.02 Light Years / 7,373.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.6.49 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.10.03 ± 0.55 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.10
Radial Velocity-0.70 ± 1.30 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.36 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.15
Semi-Major Axis8537.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)1,041.69

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeGamma Cassiopeiae
Mean Variability Period in Days0.323
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)4.142 - 4.410

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature11,677 Kelvin

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
202904+34 4371.0A4.4000011.000000.00000B3Blue/White
B10.000001849
C10.000001958

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