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AE Mensae

AE Mensae Facts

AE Mensae's Alternative Names

HIP30582 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD46291.

AE Mensae has alternative name(s) :- , AE Men.

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

Location of AE Mensae

The location of the giant 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 Mensae, the location is 06h 25m 40.35 and -72° 02` 34.9 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of AE Mensae

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 -7.02 ± 0.59 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -15.43 ± 0.57 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 5.00 km/s with an error of about 2.50 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.

AE Mensae 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 28.52 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of AE Mensae

AE Mensae Colour and Temperature

AE Mensae has a spectral type of K2III + F/G. This means the star is a orange to red giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.13 which means the star's temperature is about 4,611 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being .

AE Mensae Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 6.30 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,383,082.24.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 6.75. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

AE Mensae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

AE Mensae has an apparent magnitude of 8.26 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 1.83 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 1.68. 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 Mensae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 5.18 which gave the calculated distance to AE Mensae as 629.66 light years away from Earth or 193.05 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 422,260,466,616.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 4.84 which put AE Mensae at a distance of 673.89 light years or 206.61 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 42,616,074.67 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 7,363.00 Parsecs or 24,015.41 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 AE Mensae

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 A380736614,024,239.29
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269589,000,520.18
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54294,499,876.26
New Horizons Probe33,00013,694,601.22
Speed of Light670,616,629.00673.89

Variable Type of AE Mensae

The star is a eclipsing binary sys RS Canum Venaticorum 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. AE Mensae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.476 to a magnitude of 8.397 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 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 Mensae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAE Mensae
Alternative NamesHD 46291, HIP 30582, AE Men
Spectral TypeK2III + F/G
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeGiant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 1.83 / 1.68
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.26
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 25m 40.35
Declination (Dec.)-72° 02` 34.9
Galactic Latitude-27.68 degrees
Galactic Longitude282.69 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth5.18 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 629.66 Light Years
 193.05 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.84 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 673.89 Light Years
 206.61 Parsecs
 42,616,074.67 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,015.41 Light Years / 7,363.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-7.02 ± 0.59 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-15.43 ± 0.57 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.13
Radial Velocity5.00 ± 2.50 km/s
Semi-Major Axis8844.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)28.52

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEclipsing binary sys
Variable Star TypeRS Canum Venaticorum
Mean Variability Period in Days0.060
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)8.397 - 8.476

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)6.75
Effective Temperature4,611 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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