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AB Aurigae

AB Aurigae Facts

  • AB Aurigae is a eruptive variable star that can be located in the constellation of Auriga. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • AB Aurigae is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (A0pe) of the star, the star's colour is blue - white .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • It is calculated at being 2.000 Billion Years old. This information comes from ExoPlanet.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 454.27 light years away from us. Distance

AB Aurigae's Alternative Names

HIP22910 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD31293.

AB Aurigae has alternative name(s) :- , AB Aur.

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+30 741.

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

Location of AB Aurigae

The location of the variable 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For AB Aurigae, the location is 04h 55m 45.84 and +30° 33` 04.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of AB Aurigae

Proper Motion

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 -24.73 ± 0.55 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 2.63 ± 0.96 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 8.90000 km/s with an error of about 0.90 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 of AB Aurigae

AB Aurigae Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of A0pe , AB Aurigae's colour and type is blue - white variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.13 which means the star's temperature is about 8,061 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

AB Aurigae Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 25.77 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

AB Aurigae Radius

AB Aurigae estimated radius has been calculated as being 2.72 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,890,592.42.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 2.6188625336668021835981231606. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

AB Aurigae Mass

The AB Aurigae's solar mass is 2.40 times that of our star, the Sun. The Sun's Mass is 1,989,100,000,000,000,000,000 billion kg. which to calculate using this website is too large. To give idea of size, the Sun is 99.86% the mass of the solar system.

AB Aurigae Estimated Age

The star is believed to be about 2.00 Billion years old. To put in context, the Sun is believed to be about five billion years old and the Universe is about 13.8 billion years old.

AB Aurigae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

AB Aurigae has an apparent magnitude of 7.03 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 1.23 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.31. 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 AB Aurigae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 6.93000 which gave the calculated distance to AB Aurigae as 470.65 light years away from Earth or 144.30 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 2,766,775,031,888,866.05, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 7.18000 which put AB Aurigae at a distance of 454.27 light years or 139.28 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 28,728,362.03 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. The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,539.00 Parsecs or 24,589.45 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to AB Aurigae

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A380736413,914,423.99
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269397,045,907.05
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54198,522,694.79
New Horizons Probe33,0009,231,545.94
Speed of Light670,616,629.00454.27

Variable Type of AB Aurigae

The star is a eruptive Irregular 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. AB Aurigae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.118 to a magnitude of 7.061 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.0 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 AB Aurigae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAB Aurigae
Alternative NamesHD 31293, HIP 22910, BD+30 741, AB Aur
Spectral TypeA0pe
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Age2.00 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude 1.23 / 1.31
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.03
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)04h 55m 45.84
Declination (Dec.)+30° 33` 04.5
Galactic Latitude-7.98074624 degrees
Galactic Longitude172.49900853 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth6.93000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 470.65 Light Years
 144.30 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth7.18000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 454.27 Light Years
 139.28 Parsecs
 28,728,362.03 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,589.45 Light Years / 7,539.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-24.73000 ± 0.55000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.2.63000 ± 0.96000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.13
Radial Velocity8.90000 ± 0.90 km/s
Semi-Major Axis7848.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)25.7700000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEruptive
Variable Star TypeIrregular
Mean Variability Period in Days0.049
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.061 - 7.118

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)2.62
Effective Temperature8,061 Kelvin
Mass Compared to the Sun2.40

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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