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V550 Lyrae, HD178329, HIP93808

V550 Lyrae is a blue pulsating main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Lyra. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

V550 Lyrae's Alternative Names

HIP93808 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD178329.

V550 Lyrae has alternative name(s) :- , V550 Lyr.

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+41 3232.

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

Location of V550 Lyrae

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 V550 Lyrae, the location is 19h 06m 17.03 and +41° 24` 49.6 .

Proper Motion of V550 Lyrae

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 -1.83 ± 0.26 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 1.82 ± 0.31 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 -21.20000 km/s with an error of about 4.40 km/s .

V550 Lyrae 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 751.1700000 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 V550 Lyrae

V550 Lyrae has a spectral type of B3V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7299.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23806.6624785600000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.14 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 13,196 Kelvin.

V550 Lyrae Radius has been calculated as being 5.57 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,877,282.69.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 3.37. 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.

V550 Lyrae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V550 Lyrae has an apparent magnitude of 6.51 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 -2.47 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.38. 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 V550 Lyrae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 1.60 which gave the calculated distance to V550 Lyrae as 2038.52 light years away from Earth or 625 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 2038.52 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 2.64 which put V550 Lyrae at a distance of 1235.47 light years or 378.79 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 7,299.00 Parsecs or 23,806.66 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of V550 Lyrae

The star is a pulsating Slow Pulsating B- star 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. V550 Lyrae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.472 to a magnitude of 6.432 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.7 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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V550 Lyrae Facts

Visual Facts

Alternative NamesHD 178329, HIP 93808, BD+41 3232, V550 Lyr
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude-2.47 / -1.38
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.51
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)19h 06m 17.03
Declination (Dec.)+41° 24` 49.6
Galactic Latitude14.98 degrees
Galactic Longitude72.15 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth1.60 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2038.52 Light Years
 625 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth2.64 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1235.47 Light Years
 378.79 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,806.66 Light Years / 7,299.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-1.83 ± 0.26 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1.82 ± 0.31 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.14
Radial Velocity-21.20 ± 4.40 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.05 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis6929.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)751.17
Spectral TypeB3V
Colour(B) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSlow Pulsating B- star
Mean Variability Period in Days1.687
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.432 - 6.472

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature13,196 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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