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AE Aquarii

AE Aquarii Facts

AE Aquarii's Alternative Names

HIP101991 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

AE Aquarii has alternative name(s) :- , AE Aqr.

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

Location of AE Aquarii

The location of the subgiant 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 AE Aquarii, the location is 20h 40m 09.12 and -00° 52` 15.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of AE Aquarii

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 12.40 ± 1.65 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 73.95 ± 2.72 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 -69.30 km/s with an error of about 4.80 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) of AE Aquarii

AE Aquarii has a spectral type of K5IV-Vvar. This means the star is a orange to red subgiant star.

AE Aquarii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

AE Aquarii has an apparent magnitude of 11.42 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 6.38 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 6.74. 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 AE Aquarii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.80 which gave the calculated distance to AE Aquarii as 332.82 light years away from Earth or 102.04 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 332.82 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 11.61 which put AE Aquarii at a distance of 280.93 light years or 86.13 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 17,765,463.97 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. AE Aquarii brightness ranges from a magnitude of 11.858 to a magnitude of 10.868 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.1 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 AE Aquarii Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAE Aquarii
Alternative NamesHIP 101991, AE Aqr
Spectral TypeK5IV-Vvar
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeSubgiant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationAquarius
Absolute Magnitude 6.38 / 6.74
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.42
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)20h 40m 09.12
Declination (Dec.)-00° 52` 15.2
Galactic Latitude-24.42 degrees
Galactic Longitude45.28 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth9.80 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 332.82 Light Years
 102.04 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth11.61 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 280.93 Light Years
 86.13 Parsecs
 17,765,463.97 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.12.40 ± 1.65 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.73.95 ± 2.72 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-99.00
Radial Velocity-69.30 ± 4.80 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days1.115
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)10.868 - 11.858

Sources and Links


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