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V959 Centauri, HIP64653

Primary Facts on V959 Centauri

  • V959 Centauri's star type is eruptive variable star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • V959 Centauri is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (B) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 15531.59 light years away from us.

V959 Centauri's Alternative Names

HIP64653 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

V959 Centauri has alternative name(s) :- , V959 Cen.

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

Location of V959 Centauri

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 V959 Centauri, the location is 13h 15m 10.01 and -60° 58` 00.7 .

Proper Motion of V959 Centauri

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 0.17 ± 1.05 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -4.38 ± 1.65 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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 V959 Centauri

V959 Centauri has a spectral type of B. This means the star is a blue variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.53 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,040 Kelvin.

V959 Centauri Radius has been calculated as being 4.29 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,987,440.92.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 44.35. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V959 Centauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V959 Centauri has an apparent magnitude of 9.81 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 1.49 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.58. 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 V959 Centauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.17 which gave the calculated distance to V959 Centauri as 1503.06 light years away from Earth or 460.83 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1503.06 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 0.21 which put V959 Centauri at a distance of 15531.59 light years or 4761.90 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 982,205,536.76 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.

Variable Type of V959 Centauri

The star is a eruptive Gamma Cassiopeiae 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. V959 Centauri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 10.003 to a magnitude of 9.668 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.3 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 V959 Centauri Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV959 Centauri
Alternative NamesHIP 64653, V959 Cen
Spectral TypeB
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 1.49 / -3.58
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.81
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 15m 10.01
Declination (Dec.)-60° 58` 00.7
Galactic Latitude1.77 degrees
Galactic Longitude305.81 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.17 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1503.06 Light Years
 460.83 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.21 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 15531.59 Light Years
 4761.90 Parsecs
 982,205,536.76 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.0.17 ± 1.05 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-4.38 ± 1.65 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.53

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeGamma Cassiopeiae
Mean Variability Period in Days0.343
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)9.668 - 10.003

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature6,040 Kelvin

Sources and Links

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