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V2140 Cygni, HD199478, HIP103312

V2140 Cygni is a blue eruptive supergiant 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.

V2140 Cygni's Alternative Names

HIP103312 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD199478.

V2140 Cygni has alternative name(s) :- , V2140 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+46 3111.

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

Location of V2140 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 V2140 Cygni, the location is 20h 55m 49.81 and +47° 25` 03.6 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V2140 Cygni

V2140 Cygni has a spectral type of B8Ia. This means the star is a blue supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.4 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,398 Kelvin.

V2140 Cygni Radius has been calculated as being 158.81 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 110,500,477.43.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. 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 -0.14 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

V2140 Cygni Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V2140 Cygni has an apparent magnitude of 5.68 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -6.60 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 V2140 Cygni

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.35 which gave the calculated distance to V2140 Cygni as 9318.95 light years away from Earth or 2857.14 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 9318.95 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of V2140 Cygni

The star is a eruptive Irregular 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. V2140 Cygni brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.836 to a magnitude of 5.745 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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 NameV2140 Cygni
Alternative NamesHD 199478, HIP 103312, BD+46 3111, V2140 Cyg
Spectral TypeB8Ia
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCygnus
Absolute Magnitude-6.60
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.68
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)20h 55m 49.81
Declination (Dec.)+47° 25` 03.6
Galactic Latitude1.42 degrees
Galactic Longitude87.51 degrees
Distance from Earth0.35 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 9318.95 Light Years
 2857.14 Parsecs
B-V Index0.40
Radial Velocity-15.00 ± 7.40 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.14 ± 9.99 Fe/H

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeIrregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.072
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.745 - 5.836

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature6,398 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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