HIP68218 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD121556.
V987 Centauri has alternative name(s) :- , V987 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 V987 Centauri, the location is 13h 57m 57.77 and -59° 53` 04.9 .
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 -1.86 ± 0.72 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -2.14 ± 1.07 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.
V987 Centauri has a spectral type of B5V:n. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.01 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 9,679 Kelvin.
V987 Centauri has an apparent magnitude of 8.84 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.13. 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 -0.49 which gave the calculated distance to V987 Centauri as -6656.39 light years away from Earth or -2040.82 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -6656.39 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 0.64 which put V987 Centauri at a distance of 5096.30 light years or 1562.5 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 322,286,514.04 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. V987 Centauri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.900 to a magnitude of 8.795 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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||V987 Centauri|
|Alternative Names||HD 121556, HIP 68218, V987 Cen|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Star Type||main sequence Dwarf Star|
|Absolute Magnitude||/ -2.13|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||8.84|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||13h 57m 57.77|
|Declination (Dec.)||-59° 53` 04.9|
|Galactic Latitude||1.92 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||311.19 degrees|
|1997 Distance from Earth||-0.49 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|-6656.39 Light Years|
|2007 Distance from Earth||0.64 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|5096.30 Light Years|
|322,286,514.04 Astronomical Units|
|Proper Motion Dec.||-1.86 ± 0.72 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||-2.14 ± 1.07 milliarcseconds/year|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||0.075|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||8.795 - 8.900|
|Calculated Effective Temperature||9,679 Kelvin|