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V453 Scorpii

V453 Scorpii Facts

V453 Scorpii's Alternative Names

HIP87810 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD163181.

V453 Scorpii has alternative name(s) :- V453 Sco, V453 Sco.

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

Location of V453 Scorpii

The location of the supergiant 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For V453 Scorpii, the location is 17h 56m 16.08 and -32° 28` 30.0 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of V453 Scorpii

Proper Motion

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 -2.99 ± 0.38 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 0.35 ± 0.58 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is -43.00 km/s with an error of about 1.40 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V453 Scorpii

V453 Scorpii Colour and Temperature

V453 Scorpii has a spectral type of O9.5Ia/ab. This means the star is a blue - white supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.42 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,335 Kelvin.

V453 Scorpii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V453 Scorpii has an apparent magnitude of 6.59 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -5.45. 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 V453 Scorpii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -2.08 which gave the calculated distance to V453 Scorpii as -1568.09 light years away from Earth or -480.77 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 49,163,884,575,994,156.18.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 0.39 which put V453 Scorpii at a distance of 8363.16 light years or 2564.10 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.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 528,879,904.41 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.

Time to Travel to V453 Scorpii

A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

If you were to drive there at about 120 m.p.h. in a car with an infinity engine so you didn't have to pull over for petrol, it would take you -76,818,447,178,628.93 hours or -8,769,229,129.98 years.

At the time of writing, the fastest probe so far created is the New Horizon probe which is travelling at a speed of 33,000 m.p.h. If the probe was travelling to V453 Scorpii then it would take -279,339,807,922.29 hours / -31,888,105.93 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, -1568.09 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of V453 Scorpii

The star is a eclipsing 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. V453 Scorpii brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.870 to a magnitude of 6.480 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 12.0 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV453 Scorpii
Alternative NamesV453 Sco, HD 163181, HIP 87810, V453 Sco
Spectral TypeO9.5Ia/ab
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationScorpius
Absolute Magnitude / -5.45
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.59
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 56m 16.08
Declination (Dec.)-32° 28` 30.0
Galactic Latitude-3.77 degrees
Galactic Longitude358.13 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-2.08 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -1568.09 Light Years
 -480.77 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.39 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 8363.16 Light Years
 2564.10 Parsecs
 528,879,904.41 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-2.99 ± 0.38 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.0.35 ± 0.58 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.42
Radial Velocity-43.00 ± 1.40 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEclipsing
Variable Star TypeBeta Lyrae (Sheliak)
Mean Variability Period in Days12.006
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.480 - 6.870

Estimated Calculated Facts


Effective Temperature6,335 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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
163181-3213517.2A6.6000016.000003.00000B1Blue/White
B12.400001928

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