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AL Draconis

AL Draconis Facts

AL Draconis's Alternative Names

HIP90474 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

AL Draconis has alternative name(s) :- AL Dra, AL Dra.

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

Location of AL Draconis

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 AL Draconis, the location is 18h 27m 40.55 and +49° 18` 33.5 .

Proper Motion of AL Draconis

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 -14.86 ± 2.08 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 0.99 ± 2.64 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.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of AL Draconis

AL Draconis has a spectral type of M7ea. This means the star is a red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.5 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,014 Kelvin.

AL Draconis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

AL Draconis has an apparent magnitude of 12.38 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 5.13. 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 AL Draconis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.61 which gave the calculated distance to AL Draconis as -5346.94 light years away from Earth or -1639.34 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -5346.94 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 3.55 which put AL Draconis at a distance of 918.77 light years or 281.69 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 58,102,328.41 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 AL Draconis

The star is a pulsating Omicron Ceti 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. AL Draconis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 13.029 to a magnitude of 9.828 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 335.8 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 AL Draconis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAL Draconis
Alternative NamesAL Dra, HIP 90474, AL Dra
Spectral TypeM7ea
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourRed
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationDraco
Absolute Magnitude / 5.13
Visual / Apparent Magnitude12.38
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 27m 40.55
Declination (Dec.)+49° 18` 33.5
Galactic Latitude23.94 degrees
Galactic Longitude77.74 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-0.61 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -5346.94 Light Years
 -1639.34 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.55 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 918.77 Light Years
 281.69 Parsecs
 58,102,328.41 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-14.86 ± 2.08 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.0.99 ± 2.64 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.50

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeOmicron Ceti
Mean Variability Period in Days335.800
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)9.828 - 13.029

Estimated Calculated Facts


Effective Temperature4,014 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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