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V978 Centauri, HD119781, HIP67202

Primary Facts on V978 Centauri

  • V978 Centauri's star type is eruptive giant star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • V978 Centauri is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (M2/M3III) 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.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 1069.39 light years away from us.

V978 Centauri's Alternative Names

HIP67202 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD119781.

V978 Centauri has alternative name(s) :- , V978 Cen.

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

Location of V978 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 V978 Centauri, the location is 13h 46m 17.62 and -47° 09` 21.6 .

Proper Motion of V978 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 -3.33 ± 0.38 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -9.86 ± 0.76 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 V978 Centauri

V978 Centauri has a spectral type of M2/M3III. This means the star is a red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.69 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 3,502 Kelvin.

V978 Centauri Radius has been calculated as being 31.07 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 21,615,230.27.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 24.00. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V978 Centauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V978 Centauri has an apparent magnitude of 7.70 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 -0.44 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.12. 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 V978 Centauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.35 which gave the calculated distance to V978 Centauri as 1387.93 light years away from Earth or 425.53 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1387.93 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 3.05 which put V978 Centauri at a distance of 1069.39 light years or 327.87 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 67,627,570.79 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 V978 Centauri

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. V978 Centauri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.788 to a magnitude of 7.653 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 V978 Centauri Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV978 Centauri
Alternative NamesHD 119781, HIP 67202, V978 Cen
Spectral TypeM2/M3III
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCentaurus
Absolute Magnitude -0.44 / 0.12
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.70
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 46m 17.62
Declination (Dec.)-47° 09` 21.6
Galactic Latitude14.69 degrees
Galactic Longitude312.53 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.35 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1387.93 Light Years
 425.53 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.05 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1069.39 Light Years
 327.87 Parsecs
 67,627,570.79 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-3.33 ± 0.38 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-9.86 ± 0.76 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.69

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeIrregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.104
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.653 - 7.788

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature3,502 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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