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.
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.
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 .
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 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.
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.
|Alternative Names||HD 17378, HIP 13178, BD+56 718|
|Multiple Star system||Yes|
|Star Type||very luminous Supergiant Star|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||6.25|
|Naked Eye Visible||Yes - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||02h 49m 30.74|
|Declination (Dec.)||+57° 05` 03.6|
|Galactic Latitude||-2.18 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||138.47 degrees|
|Distance from Earth||-0.50 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|-6523.27 Light Years|
|Radial Velocity||-40.80 ± 0.80 km/s|
|Iron Abundance||0.05 ± 9.99 Fe/H|
|Calculated Effective Temperature||5,467 Kelvin|
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. Id||B.D. Id||Star Code||Magnitude||R.A.||Dec.||Spectrum||Colour||Year|