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V777 Cassiopeiae, HD11606, HIP8980

V777 Cassiopeiae is a blue pulsating main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Cassiopeia. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

V777 Cassiopeiae's Alternative Names

HIP8980 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD11606.

V777 Cassiopeiae has alternative name(s) :- , V777 Cas.

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+58 331.

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

Location of V777 Cassiopeiae

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 V777 Cassiopeiae, the location is 01h 55m 42.85 and +59° 16` 24.4 .

Proper Motion of V777 Cassiopeiae

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 -1.88 ± 0.45 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 1.43 ± 0.70 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 -13.60000 km/s with an error of about 2.40 km/s .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V777 Cassiopeiae

V777 Cassiopeiae has a spectral type of B2Vne. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 9,531 Kelvin.

V777 Cassiopeiae Radius has been calculated as being 3.50 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,438,436.12.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 3.90. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V777 Cassiopeiae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V777 Cassiopeiae has an apparent magnitude of 7.06 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 -0.05 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.28. 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 V777 Cassiopeiae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.78 which gave the calculated distance to V777 Cassiopeiae as 862.87 light years away from Earth or 264.55 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 862.87 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 3.40 which put V777 Cassiopeiae at a distance of 959.30 light years or 294.12 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.

Variable Type of V777 Cassiopeiae

The star is a pulsating Semi-Regular Star which are giants or supergiants of intermediate and late spectral 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. V777 Cassiopeiae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.120 to a magnitude of 6.950 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.2 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 NameV777 Cassiopeiae
Alternative NamesHD 11606, HIP 8980, BD+58 331, V777 Cas
Spectral TypeB2Vne
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type main sequence Dwarf Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCassiopeia
Absolute Magnitude-0.05 / -0.28
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.06
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)01h 55m 42.85
Declination (Dec.)+59° 16` 24.4
Galactic Latitude-2.58 degrees
Galactic Longitude131.07 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.78 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 862.87 Light Years
 264.55 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.40 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 959.30 Light Years
 294.12 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-1.88 ± 0.45 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1.43 ± 0.70 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.00
Radial Velocity-13.60 ± 2.40 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemi-Regular Star which are giants or supergiants of intermediate and late spectral
Mean Variability Period in Days0.173
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.950 - 7.120

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature9,531 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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