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AM Tucanae

AM Tucanae Facts

  • AM Tucanae is a pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Tucana. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • AM Tucanae is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (A9.5:) of the star, the star's colour is blue - white .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 7090.51 light years away from us. Distance

AM Tucanae's Alternative Names

HIP6115 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

AM Tucanae has alternative name(s) :- AM Tuc, AM Tuc.

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

Location of AM Tucanae

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 AM Tucanae, the location is 01h 18m 30.61 and -67° 55` 04.7 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of AM Tucanae

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 -26.90 ± 1.51 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 22.67 ± 1.87 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 130.00000 km/s with an error of about 10.00 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 AM Tucanae

AM Tucanae Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of A9.5: , AM Tucanae's colour and type is blue - white variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0 which means the star's temperature is about 10,293 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

AM Tucanae Radius

AM Tucanae estimated radius has been calculated as being 6.31 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,388,541.22.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 3.0187006572401292758133139281. 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.

AM Tucanae Iron Abundance

AM Tucanae Iron Abundance is -1.44 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context. The value comes from the Hipparcos Extended Catalog.

AM Tucanae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

AM Tucanae has an apparent magnitude of 11.63 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 -1.66 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.06. 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 AM Tucanae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.22000 which gave the calculated distance to AM Tucanae as 14825.61 light years away from Earth or 4545.45 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 87,154,207,118,924,660.25, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 0.46000 which put AM Tucanae at a distance of 7090.51 light years or 2173.91 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 448,398,000.47 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.

Travel Time to AM Tucanae

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)
Walking41,188,753,478,522.70
Car12039,625,115,950.76
Airbus A3807366,460,616,731.10
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2696,197,323,121.47
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.543,098,657,522.18
New Horizons Probe33,000144,091,330.73
Speed of Light670,616,629.007,090.51

Variable Type of AM Tucanae

The star is a pulsating RR Lyrae type with n 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. AM Tucanae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 12.023 to a magnitude of 11.529 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.4 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 AM Tucanae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAM Tucanae
Alternative NamesAM Tuc, HIP 6115, AM Tuc
Spectral TypeA9.5:
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationTucana
Absolute Magnitude -1.66 / -0.06
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.63
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)01h 18m 30.61
Declination (Dec.)-67° 55` 04.7
Galactic Latitude-49.00620729 degrees
Galactic Longitude299.05927729 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth0.22000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 14825.61 Light Years
 4545.45 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.46000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 7090.51 Light Years
 2173.91 Parsecs
 448,398,000.47 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-26.90000 ± 1.51000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.22.67000 ± 1.87000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0
Radial Velocity130.00000 ± 10.00 km/s
Iron Abundance-1.4400 ± 9.99 Fe/H

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeRR Lyrae type with n
Mean Variability Period in Days0.406
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)11.529 - 12.023

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)3.02
Effective Temperature10,293 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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