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AT Serpentis

AT Serpentis Facts

AT Serpentis's Alternative Names

HIP77997 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

AT Serpentis has alternative name(s) :- AT Ser, AT Ser.

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

Location of AT Serpentis

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 AT Serpentis, the location is 15h 55m 40.37 and +07° 59` 19.7 .

Physical Properties (Colour) of AT Serpentis

AT Serpentis Colour and Temperature

AT Serpentis has a spectral type of F2. This means the star is a yellow to white variable star. The star's Iron Abundance is -1.96 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

AT Serpentis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

AT Serpentis has an apparent magnitude of 11.61 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied 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 AT Serpentis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.49 which gave the calculated distance to AT Serpentis as 6656.39 light years away from Earth or 2040.82 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 4,463,885,823,109.

Travel Time to AT Serpentis

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)
Airbus A3807366,065,062,259.66
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2695,817,888,932.19
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.542,908,940,674.80
New Horizons Probe33,000 135,269,267.37
Speed of Light670,616,629.006,656.39

Variable Type of AT Serpentis

The star is a pulsating RR Lyrae type with a 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. AT Serpentis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 12.017 to a magnitude of 11.067 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.7 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 AT Serpentis Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameAT Serpentis
Alternative NamesAT Ser, HIP 77997, AT Ser
Spectral TypeF2
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourYellow - White
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 0.06
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.61
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 55m 40.37
Declination (Dec.)+07° 59` 19.7
Galactic Latitude42.45 degrees
Galactic Longitude18.04 degrees
Distance from Earth0.49 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 6656.39 Light Years
 2040.82 Parsecs
 420,946,408.69 Astronomical Units
B-V Index-99.00
Radial Velocity-70.00 ± 5.00 km/s
Iron Abundance-1.96 ± 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 a
Mean Variability Period in Days0.747
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)11.067 - 12.017

Sources and Links

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