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 Post subject: Stellarium HIP
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:38 pm 
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I am still a newbie to astronomny and I have only just acquired Stellarium and I am very impressed. However, I keep getting 'HIP' references when I click at various points on the screen - can anyone tell me what a'HIP' is please? E.g HIP 5146, HIP 16182. Thanks


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Hi there,
I think these are stars from the Hipparcus star catalogue.

I can't remember if this extensive list was formed using space based positions which were more accurate than previous positions measured say by Carlsberg type transit instruments on La Palma.

Someone will no doubt enlighten us further.

Regards, David


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Dont know if this helps

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipparcos_Catalogue

Paul


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 Post subject: Hipparcos
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:52 am 
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Thanks Gents, 'Hipparcos' answers the question. If only all puzzles were so easy to solve! Thanks!


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