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V500 Scorpii

V500 Scorpii Facts

V500 Scorpii's Alternative Names

HIP87173 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD316354.

V500 Scorpii has alternative name(s) :- V500 Sco, V500 Sco.

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

Location of V500 Scorpii

The location of the variable 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 V500 Scorpii, the location is 17h 48m 37.50 and -30° 28` 33.4 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of V500 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 -2.00 ± 0.90 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 2.96 ± 1.25 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 -7.40 km/s with an error of about 2.60 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 V500 Scorpii

V500 Scorpii Colour and Temperature

V500 Scorpii has a spectral type of K0. This means the star is a orange to red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.24 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,494 Kelvin.

V500 Scorpii Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 12.70 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 8,833,189.97.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 9.07. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V500 Scorpii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V500 Scorpii has an apparent magnitude of 8.70 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 0.42 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.15. 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 V500 Scorpii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.21 which gave the calculated distance to V500 Scorpii as 1475.85 light years away from Earth or 452.49 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 6,205,124,226,410,217.14.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.09 which put V500 Scorpii at a distance of 1055.54 light years or 323.62 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 66,750,951.47 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 V500 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 72,299,743,808,441.80 hours or 8,253,395,411.92 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 V500 Scorpii then it would take 262,908,159,303.42 hours / 30,012,346.95 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, 1475.85 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of V500 Scorpii

The star is a pulsating Delta Cepheid 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. V500 Scorpii brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.194 to a magnitude of 8.686 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 9.3 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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Additional V500 Scorpii Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV500 Scorpii
Alternative NamesV500 Sco, HD 316354, HIP 87173, V500 Sco
Spectral TypeK0
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationScorpius
Absolute Magnitude 0.42 / 1.15
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.70
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 48m 37.50
Declination (Dec.)-30° 28` 33.4
Galactic Latitude-1.36 degrees
Galactic Longitude359.02 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.21 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1475.85 Light Years
 452.49 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.09 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1055.54 Light Years
 323.62 Parsecs
 66,750,951.47 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-2.00 ± 0.90 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.2.96 ± 1.25 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.24
Radial Velocity-7.40 ± 2.60 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Cepheid
Mean Variability Period in Days9.314
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.686 - 9.194

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)9.07
Effective Temperature4,494 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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