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CY Cassiopeiae

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CY Cassiopeiae's Alternative Names

HIP115925 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

CY Cassiopeiae has alternative name(s) :- CY Cas, CY Cas.

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

Location of CY Cassiopeiae

The location of the supergiant 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 CY Cassiopeiae, the location is 23h 29m 12.77 and +63° 22` 27.5 .

Proper Motion of CY Cassiopeiae

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 0.00 ± 1.96 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 0.62 ± 2.48 milliarcseconds/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 CY Cassiopeiae

CY Cassiopeiae Colour and Temperature

CY Cassiopeiae has a spectral type of G1IB. This means the star is a yellow supergiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.82 which means the star's temperature is about 2,923 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being .

CY Cassiopeiae Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 6.24 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 4,342,027.79.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 38.13. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

CY Cassiopeiae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

CY Cassiopeiae 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 3.83 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.10. 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 CY Cassiopeiae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.76 which gave the calculated distance to CY Cassiopeiae as 1181.75 light years away from Earth or 362.32 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is 792,501,201,321.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 0.45 which put CY Cassiopeiae at a distance of 7248.07 light years or 2222.22 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 458,362,583.82 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 CY Cassiopeiae

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 A3807366,604,179,714.89
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2696,335,035,391.96
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.543,167,513,567.69
New Horizons Probe33,000147,293,220.31
Speed of Light670,616,629.007,248.07

Variable Type of CY Cassiopeiae

The star is a pulsating Delta Cepheid 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. CY Cassiopeiae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 12.289 to a magnitude of 11.065 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 14.4 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 CY Cassiopeiae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameCY Cassiopeiae
Alternative NamesCY Cas, HIP 115925, CY Cas
Spectral TypeG1IB
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type very luminous Supergiant Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude 3.83 / -0.10
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.63
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)23h 29m 12.77
Declination (Dec.)+63° 22` 27.5
Galactic Latitude1.96 degrees
Galactic Longitude113.87 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.76 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1181.75 Light Years
 362.32 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth0.45 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 7248.07 Light Years
 2222.22 Parsecs
 458,362,583.82 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.0.00 ± 1.96 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.0.62 ± 2.48 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.82

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Cepheid
Mean Variability Period in Days14.366
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)11.065 - 12.289

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)38.13
Effective Temperature2,923 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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