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V993 Centauri, HD122989, HIP68979

Primary Facts on V993 Centauri

  • V993 Centauri's star type is variable star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • V993 Centauri is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (Ap Si) 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 653.63 light years away from us.

V993 Centauri's Alternative Names

HIP68979 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD122989.

V993 Centauri has alternative name(s) :- V993 Cen, V993 Cen.

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

Location of V993 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 V993 Centauri, the location is 14h 07m 19.32 and -63° 26` 07.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of V993 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 -5.49 ± 0.72 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -17.19 ± 1.10 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is -9.60 km/s with an error of about 1.70 km/s . 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 V993 Centauri

V993 Centauri has a spectral type of Ap Si. This means the star is a blue variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.06 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 9,045 Kelvin.

V993 Centauri Radius has been calculated as being 1.29 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 900,632.71.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 1.28. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

V993 Centauri Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V993 Centauri has an apparent magnitude of 8.88 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 2.34 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.37. 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 V993 Centauri

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.93 which gave the calculated distance to V993 Centauri as 661.59 light years away from Earth or 202.84 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 661.59 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 4.99 which put V993 Centauri at a distance of 653.63 light years or 200.40 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 41,335,179.14 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. V993 Centauri brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.913 to a magnitude of 8.870 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.7 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 V993 Centauri Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV993 Centauri
Alternative NamesV993 Cen, HD 122989, HIP 68979, V993 Cen
Spectral TypeAp Si
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour blue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCentaurus
Absolute Magnitude 2.34 / 2.37
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.88
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 07m 19.32
Declination (Dec.)-63° 26` 07.5
Galactic Latitude-1.80 degrees
Galactic Longitude311.30 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.93 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 661.59 Light Years
 202.84 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.99 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 653.63 Light Years
 200.40 Parsecs
 41,335,179.14 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-5.49 ± 0.72 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-17.19 ± 1.10 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.06
Radial Velocity-9.60 ± 1.70 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days1.676
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.870 - 8.913

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature9,045 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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