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V944 Centauri

V944 Centauri Facts

V944 Centauri's Alternative Names

HIP63186 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

V944 Centauri has alternative name(s) :- , V944 Cen.

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

Location of V944 Centauri

The location of the variable 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 V944 Centauri, the location is 12h 56m 42.12 and -38° 48` 39.7 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V944 Centauri

V944 Centauri Colour and Temperature

V944 Centauri has a spectral type of K8. This means the star is a orange to red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.63 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,689 Kelvin.

V944 Centauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V944 Centauri has an apparent magnitude of 9.22 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 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 V944 Centauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.33 which gave the calculated distance to V944 Centauri as -9883.74 light years away from Earth or -3030.30 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -9883.74 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet. V944 Centauri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.419 to a magnitude of 9.233 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 V944 Centauri Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV944 Centauri
Alternative NamesHIP 63186, V944 Cen
Spectral TypeK8
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCentaurus
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.22
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 56m 42.12
Declination (Dec.)-38° 48` 39.7
Galactic Latitude24.05 degrees
Galactic Longitude304.05 degrees
Distance from Earth-0.33 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -9883.74 Light Years
 -3030.30 Parsecs
 -625,039,887.03 Astronomical Units
B-V Index1.63

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.134
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)9.233 - 9.419

Estimated Calculated Facts


Effective Temperature3,689 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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