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AE Columbae, HIP29096

AE Columbae is a variable star that can be located in the constellation of Columba. The description is based on the spectral class. AE Columbae is not part of the constellation but is within the borders of the constellation.

The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

AE Columbae's Alternative Names

HIP29096 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

AE Columbae has alternative name(s) :- , AE Col.

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

Location of AE Columbae

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For AE Columbae, the location is 06h 08m 14.54 and -28° 59` 41.8 .

Proper Motion of AE Columbae

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 109.89 ± 2.61 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -80.34 ± 3.27 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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.

AE Columbae 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 0.06 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

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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AE Columbae Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAE Columbae
Alternative NamesHIP 29096, AE Col
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationColumba
Absolute Magnitude 9.11 / 8.70
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.85
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 08m 14.54
Declination (Dec.)-28° 59` 41.8
Galactic Latitude-21.52 degrees
Galactic Longitude235.48 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth28.35 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 115.05 Light Years
 35.27 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth23.43 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 139.21 Light Years
 42.68 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,207.84 Light Years / 7,422.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.109.89 ± 2.61 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-80.34 ± 3.27 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.40
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)0.06

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Mean Variability Period in Days0.194
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)11.693 - 11.986

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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