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21 Vulpeculae, HD192518, HIP99738

21 Vulpeculae is a blue pulsating subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Vulpecula. 21 Vulpeculae is the brightest star in Vulpecula based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

HIP99738 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD192518.

21 Vulpeculae has alternative name(s), NU Vul.

Location of 21 Vulpeculae

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 21 Vulpeculae, the location is 20h 14m 14.52 and +28d41`41.5 .

Proper Motion of 21 Vulpeculae

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 -19.33 ± 0.15 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 12.55 ± 0.23 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of 21 Vulpeculae

21 Vulpeculae has a spectral type of A7IVn. This means the star is a blue subgiant star. The star is 7366.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24025.1919190400000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.19 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,827 Kelvin.

21 Vulpeculae Radius has been calculated as being 4.67 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,252,335.92.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 4.24. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

21 Vulpeculae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

21 Vulpeculae has an apparent magnitude of 5.19 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 0.18 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 0.39. 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 21 Vulpeculae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.97 which gave the calculated distance to 21 Vulpeculae as 327.14 light years away from Earth or 100.30 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 327.14 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 10.97 which put 21 Vulpeculae at a distance of 297.32 light years or 91.16 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,366.00 Parsecs or 24,025.19 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of 21 Vulpeculae

The star is a pulsating Delta Scuti 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. 21 Vulpeculae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 5.259 to a magnitude of 5.245 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.2 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.

21 Vulpeculae Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper Name21 Vulpeculae
Flamsteed Name21 Vulpeculae
Flamsteed Short Name21 Vul
Short NameNU Vul
Hipparcos Library I.D.99738
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+28 3675
Henry Draper Designation192518

Visual Facts

Star Typesubgiant star
Absolute Magnitude0.18 / 0.39
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.19
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)20h 14m 14.52
Declination (Dec.)+28d41`41.5
Galactic Latitude-3.27 degrees
Galactic Longitude67.66 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth9.97 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 327.14 Light Years
 100.30 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth10.97 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 297.32 Light Years
 91.16 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,025.19 Light Years / 7,366.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-19.33 ± 0.15 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.12.55 ± 0.23 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.19
Radial Velocity7.00 ± 4.20 km/s
Spectral TypeA7IVn
Colour(A) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Scuti
Mean Variability Period in Days0.188
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.245 - 5.259

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature7,827 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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