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V944 Herculis, HD156652, HIP84596

Primary Facts on V944 Herculis

  • V944 Herculis's star type is eruptive giant star that can be located in the constellation of Hercules. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • V944 Herculis is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (M2III comp) of the star, the star's colour is red .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • The star is calculated at being about 4407.61 light years away from us.

V944 Herculis's Alternative Names

HIP84596 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD156652.

V944 Herculis has alternative name(s) :- , V944 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+29 2978.

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

Location of V944 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 V944 Herculis, the location is 17h 17m 34.65 and +28° 54` 47.7 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of V944 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 5.02 ± 0.49 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -1.97 ± 0.63 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 the Sun is -40.09 km/s with an error of about 0.22 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.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V944 Herculis

V944 Herculis has a spectral type of M2III comp. This means the star is a red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.66 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,608 Kelvin.

V944 Herculis Radius has been calculated as being 135.65 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 94,382,566.90.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V944 Herculis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V944 Herculis has an apparent magnitude of 6.88 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 -3.77 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 Herculis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.74 which gave the calculated distance to V944 Herculis as 4407.61 light years away from Earth or 1351.35 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 4407.61 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of V944 Herculis

The star is a eruptive 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. V944 Herculis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.017 to a magnitude of 6.879 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 Herculis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV944 Herculis
Alternative NamesHD 156652, HIP 84596, BD+29 2978, V944 Her
Spectral TypeM2III comp
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationHercules
Absolute Magnitude -3.77
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.88
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 17m 34.65
Declination (Dec.)+28° 54` 47.7
Galactic Latitude32.05 degrees
Galactic Longitude51.60 degrees
Distance from Earth0.74 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 4407.61 Light Years
 1351.35 Parsecs
 278,734,003.68 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.5.02 ± 0.49 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-1.97 ± 0.63 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.66
Radial Velocity-40.09 ± 0.22 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeIrregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.098
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.879 - 7.017

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature3,608 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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
156652+29 2978.0A7.100003.000006.00000M1Red
B11.000001833

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