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AC Arietis

AC Arietis Facts

  • AC Arietis is a pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Aries. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • AC Arietis is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (M...) of the star, the star's colour is red .
  • 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 1009.79 light years away from us. Distance

AC Arietis's Alternative Names

HIP9963 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD13055.

AC Arietis has alternative name(s) :- , AC Ari.

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+24 305.

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

Location of AC Arietis

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 AC Arietis, the location is 02h 08m 17.02 and +24° 49` 09.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of AC Arietis

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 12.73 ± 0.39 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 19.54 ± 0.70 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 31.65000 km/s with an error of about 0.34 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 AC Arietis

AC Arietis Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of M... , AC Arietis's colour and type is red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.71 which means the star's temperature is about 3,418 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

AC Arietis Radius

AC Arietis estimated radius has been calculated as being 33.22 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 23,112,579.92.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 30.71583545995678917160677788. 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.

AC Arietis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

AC Arietis has an apparent magnitude of 7.14 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 -0.48 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.31. 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 AC Arietis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.99000 which gave the calculated distance to AC Arietis as 1090.85 light years away from Earth or 334.45 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 6,412,698,488,337,340.97, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.23000 which put AC Arietis at a distance of 1009.79 light years or 309.60 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 63,859,139.04 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.

Travel Time to AC Arietis

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 A380736920,084,192.66
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269882,587,418.23
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54441,293,133.97
New Horizons Probe33,00020,520,665.63
Speed of Light670,616,629.001,009.79

Variable Type of AC Arietis

The star is a pulsating Semi-Regular Star w 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. AC Arietis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 7.238 to a magnitude of 7.022 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.

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Additional AC Arietis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAC Arietis
Alternative NamesHD 13055, HIP 9963, BD+24 305, AC Ari
Spectral TypeM...
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -0.48 / -0.31
Visual / Apparent Magnitude7.14
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)02h 08m 17.02
Declination (Dec.)+24° 49` 09.2
Galactic Latitude-34.84782816 degrees
Galactic Longitude144.27330223 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.99000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1090.85 Light Years
 334.45 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.23000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1009.79 Light Years
 309.60 Parsecs
 63,859,139.04 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.12.73000 ± 0.39000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.19.54000 ± 0.70000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.71
Radial Velocity31.65000 ± 0.34 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeSemi-Regular Star w
Mean Variability Period in Days0.217
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.022 - 7.238

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)30.72
Effective Temperature3,418 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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