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V393 Scorpii, HD161741, HIP87191

V393 Scorpii is a blue eclipsing binary system giant star that can be located in the constellation of Scorpius. 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.

V393 Scorpii's Alternative Names

HIP87191 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD161741.

V393 Scorpii has alternative name(s) :- , V393 Sco.

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

Location of V393 Scorpii

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 V393 Scorpii, the location is 17h 48m 47.60 and -35° 03` 25.6 .

Proper Motion of V393 Scorpii

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 -0.86 ± 0.55 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 5.67 ± 0.91 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V393 Scorpii

V393 Scorpii has a spectral type of B3III. This means the star is a blue giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.11 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 8,375 Kelvin.

V393 Scorpii Radius has been calculated as being 6.53 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,543,875.73.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 10.26. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V393 Scorpii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V393 Scorpii has an apparent magnitude of 7.51 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 -0.84 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.82. 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 V393 Scorpii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.14 which gave the calculated distance to V393 Scorpii as 1524.13 light years away from Earth or 467.29 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1524.13 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 1.36 which put V393 Scorpii at a distance of 2398.26 light years or 735.29 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.

Variable Type of V393 Scorpii

The star is a eclipsing binary system Beta Lyrae (Sheliak) 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. V393 Scorpii brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.310 to a magnitude of 7.450 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 7.7 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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V393 Scorpii Facts

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV393 Scorpii
Alternative NamesHD 161741, HIP 87191, V393 Sco
Spectral TypeB3III
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude-0.84 / -1.82
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.51
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 48m 47.60
Declination (Dec.)-35° 03` 25.6
Galactic Latitude-3.74 degrees
Galactic Longitude355.11 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.14 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1524.13 Light Years
 467.29 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth1.36 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2398.26 Light Years
 735.29 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-0.86 ± 0.55 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.5.67 ± 0.91 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.11

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEclipsing binary system
Variable Star TypeBeta Lyrae (Sheliak)
Mean Variability Period in Days7.713
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.450 - 8.310

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature8,375 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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