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V342 Vel, HD89767, HIP50598

V342 Vel is a blue supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Vela. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

V342 Vel's Alternative Names

HIP50598 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD89767.

V342 Vel has alternative name(s) :- , V342 Vel.

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

Location of V342 Vel

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 V342 Vel, the location is 10h 20m 11.75 and -52° 36` 06.2 .

Proper Motion of V342 Vel

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 4.90 ± 0.33 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -7.97 ± 0.44 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V342 Vel

V342 Vel has a spectral type of B0.5Ib. This means the star is a blue supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.15 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,846 Kelvin.

V342 Vel Radius has been calculated as being 227.87 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 158,552,251.53.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 32.04. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V342 Vel Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V342 Vel has an apparent magnitude of 7.21 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 -8.27 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -4.01. 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 V342 Vel

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.08 which gave the calculated distance to V342 Vel as 40770.42 light years away from Earth or 12500 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 40770.42 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 0.57 which put V342 Vel at a distance of 5722.16 light years or 1754.39 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. V342 Vel brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.272 to a magnitude of 7.214 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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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V342 Vel Facts

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 V342 Vel
Alternative NamesHD 89767, HIP 50598, V342 Vel
Spectral TypeB0.5Ib
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationVela
Absolute Magnitude-8.27 / -4.01
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.21
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 20m 11.75
Declination (Dec.)-52° 36` 06.2
Galactic Latitude3.72 degrees
Galactic Longitude281.02 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth0.08 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 40770.42 Light Years
 12500 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.57 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 5722.16 Light Years
 1754.39 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.4.90 ± 0.33 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-7.97 ± 0.44 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.15

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.041
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.214 - 7.272

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature7,846 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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