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V389 Cygni, HD201433, HIP104371

V389 Cygni is a blue pulsating main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Cygnus. V389 Cygni is the brightest star in Cygnus based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

HIP104371 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD201433.

V389 Cygni has alternative name(s), V389 Cyg.

Location of V389 Cygni

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 V389 Cygni, the location is 21h 08m 38.87 and +30d12`20.5 .

Proper Motion of V389 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 -20.88 ± 0.33 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 25.14 ± 0.55 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

V389 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 42.0000000 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.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of V389 Cygni

V389 Cygni has a spectral type of B9V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7374.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24051.2849865600000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.04 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 10,195 Kelvin.

V389 Cygni Radius has been calculated as being 3.09 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,150,869.48.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.63. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V389 Cygni Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V389 Cygni has an apparent magnitude of 5.60 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 -0.07 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.28. 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 V389 Cygni

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 7.35 which gave the calculated distance to V389 Cygni as 443.76 light years away from Earth or 136.05 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 443.76 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 8.64 which put V389 Cygni at a distance of 377.50 light years or 115.74 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 7,374.00 Parsecs or 24,051.28 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 V389 Cygni

The star is a pulsating Beta Cephei 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. V389 Cygni brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.617 to a magnitude of 5.571 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.4 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.

V389 Cygni Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameV389 Cygni
Short NameV389 Cyg
Hipparcos Library I.D.104371
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+29 4324
Henry Draper Designation201433

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Absolute Magnitude-0.07 / 0.28
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.60
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)21h 08m 38.87
Declination (Dec.)+30d12`20.5
Galactic Latitude-11.77 degrees
Galactic Longitude76.11 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth7.35 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 443.76 Light Years
 136.05 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth8.64 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 377.50 Light Years
 115.74 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,051.28 Light Years / 7,374.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-20.88 ± 0.33 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.25.14 ± 0.55 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.04
Radial Velocity-22.10 ± 7.40 km/s
Spectral TypeB9V
Colour(B) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeBeta Cephei
Mean Variability Period in Days1.429
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.571 - 5.617

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)42.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature10,195 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

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
201433+29 4324.0A5.8000024.00000-14.00000A0White
B7.800001954
C8.900001865
D1915

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