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Atik (Omicron Persei) - HD23180 - HIP17448 - HR1131

Atik (Omicron Persei) is a blue rotating giant star that can be located in the constellation of Perseus. Omicron Persei is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1131. HIP17448 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD23180. Atik has alternative name(s), 38 Persei , omi_Per, 38 Per. Atik is a multiple star system with 2 stars orbiting in its solar system.

Location of Atik

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Atik, the location is 03h 44m 19.13 and +32d17`17.8 .

Proper Motion of Atik

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 -010.43 ± 000.36 towards the north and 008.18 ± 000.73 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Atik

Atik has a spectral type of B1III. This means the star is a blue giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.02 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 9,262 Kelvin.

Atik has been calculated as 28.02 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 19,499,427.77.km.

Atik Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Atik has an apparent magnitude of 3.84 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 -4.44 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.84. 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 Atik

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.21 which gave the calculated distance to Atik as 1475.85 light years away from Earth or 452.49 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1475.85 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 2.91 which put Atik at a distance of 1120.84 light years or 343.64 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.

Variable Type of Atik

The star is a rotating Rotating ellipsoidal 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. Atik brightness ranges from a magnitude of 4.000 to a magnitude of 4.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 4.0 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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

Atik Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional NameAtik
Short Nameomi Per, 38 Per
Bayer DesignationOmicron Persei
Alternative Name(s)38 Persei
Hipparcos Library I.D.17448
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id1131
Bonner DurchmusterungBD+31 642
Henry Draper Designation23180

Visual Facts

Star Typegiant star
Absolute Magnitude-4.44 / -3.84
Apparent Magnitude3.84
Right Ascension (R.A.)03h 44m 19.13
Declination (Dec.)+32d17`17.8
1997 Distance from Earth2.21 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1475.85 Light Years
 452.49 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth2.91 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1120.84 Light Years
 343.64 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-10.43 ± 0.36 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.8.18 ± 0.73 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.02
Spectral TypeB1III
Colour(B) blue
Stars in Solar System2

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassRotating
Variable Star TypeRotating ellipsoidal
Mean Variability Period in Days4.000

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)28.02
Calculated Effective Temperature9,262 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.


Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
23180+31 642.0A3.900008.00000-9.00000B1Blue/White
B8.400001958

Location of Atik in Perseus


Atik (Omicron Persei) Location in Perseus

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.


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