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V624 Herculis, HD161321, HIP86809

V624 Herculis is a blue eclipsing binary system star that can be located in the constellation of Hercules. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

HIP86809 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD161321.

V624 Herculis has alternative name(s), V624 Her.

Location of V624 Herculis

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 V624 Herculis, the location is 17h 44m 17.25 and +14d24`36.1 .

Proper Motion of V624 Herculis

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 14.42 ± 0.23 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -3.52 ± 0.36 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of V624 Herculis

V624 Herculis has a spectral type of A3m. This means the star is a blue star. The star is 7295.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23793.6159448000000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.21 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,325 Kelvin.

V624 Herculis Radius has been calculated as being 4.87 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,386,638.50.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 4.93. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V624 Herculis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V624 Herculis has an apparent magnitude of 6.18 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 0.38 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.35. 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 V624 Herculis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.93 which gave the calculated distance to V624 Herculis as 470.65 light years away from Earth or 144.30 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 470.65 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 6.83 which put V624 Herculis at a distance of 477.55 light years or 146.41 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 7,295.00 Parsecs or 23,793.62 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 V624 Herculis

The star is a eclipsing binary system Beta Persei (Algol) 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. V624 Herculis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.400 to a magnitude of 6.240 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star.

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.

V624 Herculis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameV624 Herculis
Short NameV624 Her
Hipparcos Library I.D.86809
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+14 3329
Henry Draper Designation161321

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude0.38 / 0.35
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.18
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 44m 17.25
Declination (Dec.)+14d24`36.1
Galactic Latitude21.25 degrees
Galactic Longitude38.72 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.93 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 470.65 Light Years
 144.30 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth6.83 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 477.55 Light Years
 146.41 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,793.62 Light Years / 7,295.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.14.42 ± 0.23 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-3.52 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.21
Radial Velocity-38.60 ± 2.90 km/s
Spectral TypeA3m
Colour(A) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEclipsing binary system
Variable Star TypeBeta Persei (Algol)
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.240 - 6.400

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature7,325 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

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
161321+14 3329.0A6.2000021.0000022.00000A3White

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