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V703 Scorpii

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V703 Scorpii's Alternative Names

HIP86650 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD160589.

V703 Scorpii has alternative name(s) :- V703 Sco, V703 Sco.

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

Location of V703 Scorpii

The location of the main sequence 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 V703 Scorpii, the location is 17h 42m 16.80 and -32° 31` 23.8 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of V703 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 16.97 ± 0.43 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 3.83 ± 0.71 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 -61.60 km/s with an error of about 0.90 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.

V703 Scorpii 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 17.10 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, Age) of V703 Scorpii

V703 Scorpii Colour and Temperature

V703 Scorpii has a spectral type of A9V. This means the star is a blue - white main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.4 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,728 Kelvin.

V703 Scorpii Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 4.73 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,293,122.70.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 3.16. 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 -0.41 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 1.50 Billion years old but could be between 1.40 and 1.70 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

V703 Scorpii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V703 Scorpii has an apparent magnitude of 7.85 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 0.81 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.69. 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 V703 Scorpii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.91 which gave the calculated distance to V703 Scorpii as 834.18 light years away from Earth or 255.75 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 3,271,984,096,460,259.92.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 5.86 which put V703 Scorpii at a distance of 556.59 light years or 170.65 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 35,198,843.92 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,233.00 Parsecs or 23,591.39 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Time to Travel to V703 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 40,865,264,281,685.80 hours or 4,664,984,507.04 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 V703 Scorpii then it would take 148,600,961,024.31 hours / 16,963,580.03 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, 834.18 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of V703 Scorpii

The star is a pulsating Delta Scuti 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. V703 Scorpii brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.096 to a magnitude of 7.802 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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Additional V703 Scorpii Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV703 Scorpii
Alternative NamesV703 Sco, HD 160589, HIP 86650, V703 Sco
Spectral TypeA9V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Age1.50 Billion Years Old
Age Range1.40 - 1.70 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude 0.81 / 1.69
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.85
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 42m 16.80
Declination (Dec.)-32° 31` 23.8
Galactic Latitude-1.27 degrees
Galactic Longitude356.57 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.91 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 834.18 Light Years
 255.75 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth5.86 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 556.59 Light Years
 170.65 Parsecs
 35,198,843.92 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,591.39 Light Years / 7,233.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.16.97 ± 0.43 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.3.83 ± 0.71 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.40
Radial Velocity-61.60 ± 0.90 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.41 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis10103.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)17.10

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Scuti
Mean Variability Period in Days0.115
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.802 - 8.096

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)3.16
Effective Temperature6,728 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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