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AK Canis Minoris

AK Canis Minoris Facts

AK Canis Minoris's Alternative Names

AK Canis Minoris has alternative name(s) :- AK CMi.

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+04 1778.

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

Location of AK Canis Minoris

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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For AK Canis Minoris, the location is 07 40 15.5945901422 and +03 57 09.431572779 .

Proper Motion of AK Canis Minoris

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 -15.04 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 5.84 milliarcseconds/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.

Physical Properties (Colour) of AK Canis Minoris

AK Canis Minoris Colour and Temperature

AK Canis Minoris has a spectral type of A-F D. This means the star is a blue - white star.

Distance to AK Canis Minoris

The Parallax of the star is given as 2.20 which gives a calculated distance to AK Canis Minoris of 1484.59 light years from the Earth or 455.17 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1484.59 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

The star is roughly 93,884,897.66 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.

Variable Type of AK Canis Minoris

The star is a eclipsing binary sys Beta Persei (Algol) 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.

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Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAK Canis Minoris
Alternative NamesAK CMi, BD+04 1778
Spectral TypeA-F D
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCanis Minor
Right Ascension (R.A.)07 40 15.5945901422
Declination (Dec.)+03 57 09.431572779
Distance from Earth2.20 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1484.59 Light Years
 455.17 Parsecs
 93,884,897.66 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-15.04 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.5.84 milliarcseconds/year

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEclipsing binary sys
Variable Star TypeBeta Persei (Algol)

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