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V432 Scuti, HD170397, HIP90651

V432 Scuti is a blue star that can be located in the constellation of Scutum. 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.

V432 Scuti's Alternative Names

HIP90651 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD170397.

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-14 5077.

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

Location of V432 Scuti

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 V432 Scuti, the location is 18h 29m 46.75 and -14° 34` 55.3 .

Proper Motion of V432 Scuti

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 14.76 ± 0.25 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 20.43 ± 0.36 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 -15.80000 km/s with an error of about 2.90 km/s .

V432 Scuti 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 42.21 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V432 Scuti

V432 Scuti has a spectral type of Ap. This means the star is a blue star. The star is 7,300.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23,809.92 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 10,293 Kelvin.

V432 Scuti Radius has been calculated as being 1.60 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,112,476.70.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 1.92. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V432 Scuti Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V432 Scuti has an apparent magnitude of 6.02 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 1.32 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.92. 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 V432 Scuti

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 11.46 which gave the calculated distance to V432 Scuti as 284.61 light years away from Earth or 87.26 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 284.61 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 9.54 which put V432 Scuti at a distance of 341.89 light years or 104.82 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 7,300.00 Parsecs or 23,809.92 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

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 NameV432 Scuti
Alternative NamesHD 170397, HIP 90651, BD-14 5077
Spectral TypeAp
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude1.32 / 0.92
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.02
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 29m 46.75
Declination (Dec.)-14° 34` 55.3
Galactic Latitude-1.92 degrees
Galactic Longitude17.51 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth11.46 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 284.61 Light Years
 87.26 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth9.54 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 341.89 Light Years
 104.82 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,809.92 Light Years / 7,300.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.14.76 ± 0.25 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.20.43 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.00
Radial Velocity-15.80 ± 2.90 km/s
Semi-Major Axis8824.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)42.21

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature10,293 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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