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V656 Herculis, HD157049, HIP84833

V656 Herculis is a red pulsating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Hercules. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

V656 Herculis's Alternative Names

HIP84833 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD157049.

V656 Herculis has alternative name(s) :- , V656 Her.

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+18 3351.

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

Location of V656 Herculis

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For V656 Herculis, the location is 17h 20m 18.87 and +18° 03` 26.0 .

Proper Motion of V656 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 -56.07 ± 0.22 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 9.26 ± 0.36 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 -45.66000 km/s with an error of about 0.21 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V656 Herculis

V656 Herculis has a spectral type of M2III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star is 7,302.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 23,816.45 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.65 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,640 Kelvin.

V656 Herculis Radius has been calculated as being 33.94 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 23,615,270.09.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 34.41. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V656 Herculis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V656 Herculis has an apparent magnitude of 5.01 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 -0.80 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.83. 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 V656 Herculis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.90 which gave the calculated distance to V656 Herculis as 472.70 light years away from Earth or 144.93 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 472.70 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 6.80 which put V656 Herculis at a distance of 479.65 light years or 147.06 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 7,302.00 Parsecs or 23,816.45 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 V656 Herculis

The star is a pulsating Slow Irregular 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. This is a some uncertainty as to the type but the type mentioned is the current variable star classification for this star. V656 Herculis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.151 to a magnitude of 5.051 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV656 Herculis
Alternative NamesHD 157049, HIP 84833, BD+18 3351, V656 Her
Spectral TypeM2III
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationHercules
Absolute Magnitude-0.80 / -0.83
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.01
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 20m 18.87
Declination (Dec.)+18° 03` 26.0
Galactic Latitude27.97 degrees
Galactic Longitude39.96 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.90 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 472.70 Light Years
 144.93 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth6.80 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 479.65 Light Years
 147.06 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance23,816.45 Light Years / 7,302.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-56.07 ± 0.22 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.9.26 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.65
Radial Velocity-45.66 ± 0.21 km/s
Eccentricity0.26
Semi-Major Axis5604.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSlow Irregular probably
Mean Variability Period in Days0.088
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.051 - 5.151

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature3,640 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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