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AL Sculptoris

AL Sculptoris Facts

  • AL Sculptoris is a eclipsing variable star that can be located in the constellation of Sculptor. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • AL Sculptoris is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (B6/B7) of the star, the star's colour is blue .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 883.91 light years away from us. Distance

AL Sculptoris's Alternative Names

HIP117931 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD224113.

AL Sculptoris has alternative name(s) :- AL Scl, AL Scl.

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

Location of AL Sculptoris

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 Sculptoris, the location is 23h 55m 16.57 and -31° 55` 17.3 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of AL Sculptoris

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 0.40 ± 0.15 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 17.03 ± 0.33 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 -2.60000 km/s with an error of about 4.30 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 of AL Sculptoris

AL Sculptoris Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of B6/B7 , AL Sculptoris's colour and type is blue variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of -0.09 which means the star's temperature is about 13,386 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

AL Sculptoris 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 397.42 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

AL Sculptoris Radius

AL Sculptoris estimated radius has been calculated as being 3.32 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 2,312,597.39.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 2.8419227539565368205969655087. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

AL Sculptoris Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

AL Sculptoris has an apparent magnitude of 6.09 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 -1.41 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -1.07. 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 Sculptoris

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 3.16000 which gave the calculated distance to AL Sculptoris as 1032.16 light years away from Earth or 316.46 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 6,067,681,965,185,194.90, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 3.69000 which put AL Sculptoris at a distance of 883.91 light years or 271.00 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 55,897,372.99 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 7,344.00 Parsecs or 23,953.44 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 AL Sculptoris

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)
Walking4148,191,186,134.85
Car1204,939,706,204.49
Airbus A380736805,386,881.17
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269772,564,438.99
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54386,281,716.04
New Horizons Probe33,00017,962,568.02
Speed of Light670,616,629.00883.91

Variable Type of AL Sculptoris

The star is a eclipsing 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. AL Sculptoris brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.303 to a magnitude of 6.057 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 2.4 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 Sculptoris Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAL Sculptoris
Alternative NamesAL Scl, HD 224113, HIP 117931, AL Scl
Spectral TypeB6/B7
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationSculptor
Absolute Magnitude -1.41 / -1.07
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.09
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)23h 55m 16.57
Declination (Dec.)-31° 55` 17.3
Galactic Latitude-76.88967142 degrees
Galactic Longitude8.13765154 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth3.16000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1032.16 Light Years
 316.46 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth3.69000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 883.91 Light Years
 271.00 Parsecs
 55,897,372.99 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance23,953.44 Light Years / 7,344.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.0.40000 ± 0.15000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.17.03000 ± 0.33000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-0.09
Radial Velocity-2.60000 ± 4.30 km/s
Eccentricity0.05460
Semi-Major Axis7694.0000000
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)397.4200000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassEclipsing
Variable Star TypeBeta Persei (Algol)/
Mean Variability Period in Days2.445
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.057 - 6.303

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)2.84
Effective Temperature13,386 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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