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V480 Persei, HD17378, HIP13178

V480 Persei is a blue supergiant star that can be located in the constellation of Perseus. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

V480 Persei's Alternative Names

HIP13178 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD17378.

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+56 718.

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

Location of V480 Persei

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 V480 Persei, the location is 02h 49m 30.74 and +57° 05` 03.6 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V480 Persei

V480 Persei has a spectral type of A5Ia. This means the star is a blue supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.78 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,467 Kelvin. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is 0.05 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

V480 Persei Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V480 Persei has an apparent magnitude of 6.25 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 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 V480 Persei

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.50 which gave the calculated distance to V480 Persei as -6523.27 light years away from Earth or -2000 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -6523.27 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

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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V480 Persei Facts

Visual Facts

 V480 Persei
Alternative NamesHD 17378, HIP 13178, BD+56 718
Spectral TypeA5Ia
Multiple Star systemYes
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.25
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)02h 49m 30.74
Declination (Dec.)+57° 05` 03.6
Galactic Latitude-2.18 degrees
Galactic Longitude138.47 degrees
Distance from Earth-0.50 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -6523.27 Light Years
 -2000 Parsecs
B-V Index0.78
Radial Velocity-40.80 ± 0.80 km/s
Iron Abundance0.05 ± 9.99 Fe/H

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature5,467 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
17378+56 718.0A6.200002.000000.00000A5White

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