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V398 Cephei, HD225136, HIP302

V398 Cephei is a red pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Cepheus. 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.

V398 Cephei's Alternative Names

HIP302 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD225136.

V398 Cephei has alternative name(s) :- , V398 Cep.

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+65 1993.

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

Location of V398 Cephei

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 V398 Cephei, the location is 00h 03m 51.63 and +66° 42` 43.9 .

Proper Motion of V398 Cephei

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 -8.31 ± 0.25 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 9.36 ± 0.34 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 15.10000 km/s with an error of about 2.90 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V398 Cephei

V398 Cephei has a spectral type of M4. This means the star is a red variable star. The star is 7,528.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24,553.58 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.6 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,775 Kelvin.

V398 Cephei Radius has been calculated as being 36.06 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 25,093,695.25.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 31.70. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V398 Cephei Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V398 Cephei has an apparent magnitude of 6.31 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 -1.09 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.81. 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 V398 Cephei

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.31 which gave the calculated distance to V398 Cephei as 985.39 light years away from Earth or 302.11 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 985.39 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 3.76 which put V398 Cephei at a distance of 867.46 light years or 265.96 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 7,528.00 Parsecs or 24,553.58 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 V398 Cephei

The star is a pulsating Semi-Regular Star which are giants or supergiants of intermediate and late spectral 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. V398 Cephei brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.398 to a magnitude of 6.300 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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V398 Cephei Facts

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV398 Cephei
Alternative NamesHD 225136, HIP 302, BD+65 1993, V398 Cep
Spectral TypeM4
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude-1.09 / -0.81
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.31
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)00h 03m 51.63
Declination (Dec.)+66° 42` 43.9
Galactic Latitude4.27 degrees
Galactic Longitude118.24 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.31 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 985.39 Light Years
 302.11 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.76 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 867.46 Light Years
 265.96 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,553.58 Light Years / 7,528.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-8.31 ± 0.25 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.9.36 ± 0.34 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.60
Radial Velocity15.10 ± 2.90 km/s
Semi-Major Axis9859.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemi-Regular Star which are giants or supergiants of intermediate and late spectral
Mean Variability Period in Days0.079
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.300 - 6.398

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature3,775 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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