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V986 Ophiuchi, HD165174, HIP88522, HR6747

V986 Ophiuchi is a blue giant star that can be located in the constellation of Ophiuchus. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

V986 Ophiuchi's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6747. HIP88522 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD165174.

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 196 G. Ophiuchi. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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+01 3578.

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

Location of V986 Ophiuchi

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 V986 Ophiuchi, the location is 18h 04m 37.36 and +01 ° 55` 08.4 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V986 Ophiuchi

V986 Ophiuchi has a spectral type of B0IIIn. This means the star is a blue giant 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.

V986 Ophiuchi Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V986 Ophiuchi has an apparent magnitude of 6.14 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 V986 Ophiuchi

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -1.00 which gave the calculated distance to V986 Ophiuchi as -3261.63 light years away from Earth or -1000 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -3261.63 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV986 Ophiuchi
Alternative NamesV986 Oph, HD 165174, HIP 88522, HR 6747, 196 G. Ophiuchi, BD+01 3578
Spectral TypeB0IIIn
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationOphiuchus
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.14
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 04m 37.36
Declination (Dec.)+01 ° 55` 08.4
Galactic Latitude11.29 degrees
Galactic Longitude29.27 degrees
Distance from Earth-1.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -3261.63 Light Years
 -1000 Parsecs
B-V Index-0.05
Radial Velocity17.00 ± 4.30 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature10,395 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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