HIP64719 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD115087.
V960 Centauri has alternative name(s) :- V960 Cen, V960 Cen.
More details on star alternative names can be found at Star Names .
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 V960 Centauri, the location is 13h 15m 54.89 and -56° 19` 31.4 .
V960 Centauri has a spectral type of B4V. This means the star is a blue main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.05 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 10,395 Kelvin.
V960 Centauri has an apparent magnitude of 9.64 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.69 which gave the calculated distance to V960 Centauri as -4727.00 light years away from Earth or -1449.28 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -4727.00 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.
The star is a eclipsing binary sys Eclipsing 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. V960 Centauri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.784 to a magnitude of 9.588 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.9 days (variability).
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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||V960 Centauri|
|Alternative Names||V960 Cen, HD 115087, HIP 64719, V960 Cen|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Star Type||main sequence Dwarf Star|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||9.64|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||13h 15m 54.89|
|Declination (Dec.)||-56° 19` 31.4|
|Galactic Latitude||6.38 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||306.34 degrees|
|Distance from Earth||-0.69 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|-4727.00 Light Years|
|-298,933,375.40 Astronomical Units|
|Variable Star Class||Eclipsing binary sys|
|Variable Star Type||Eclipsing|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||1.864|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||9.588 - 9.784|
|Calculated Effective Temperature||10,395 Kelvin|
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