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EZ Lyrae

EZ Lyrae Facts

EZ Lyrae's Alternative Names

HIP92221 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

EZ Lyrae has alternative name(s) :- EZ Lyr, EZ Lyr.

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

Location of EZ Lyrae

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 EZ Lyrae, the location is 18h 47m 40.32 and +35° 59` 34.0 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of EZ Lyrae

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 19.78 ± 4.63 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -11.77 ± 5.61 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 -75.00 km/s with an error of about 7.40 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 (Colour) of EZ Lyrae

EZ Lyrae Colour and Temperature

EZ Lyrae has a spectral type of A9.7. This means the star is a blue - white variable star. The star's Iron Abundance is -1.32 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

EZ Lyrae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

EZ Lyrae has an apparent magnitude of 11.66 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 -6.83 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 7.10. 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 EZ Lyrae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.02 which gave the calculated distance to EZ Lyrae as 163081.67 light years away from Earth or 50000 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 163081.67 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 12.27 which put EZ Lyrae at a distance of 265.82 light years or 81.50 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 16,810,464.57 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.

Variable Type of EZ Lyrae

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. EZ Lyrae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 11.900 to a magnitude of 11.100 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.5 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 EZ Lyrae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameEZ Lyrae
Alternative NamesEZ Lyr, HIP 92221, EZ Lyr
Spectral TypeA9.7
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeVariable Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -6.83 / 7.10
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.66
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 47m 40.32
Declination (Dec.)+35° 59` 34.0
Galactic Latitude16.25 degrees
Galactic Longitude65.51 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth0.02 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 163081.67 Light Years
  50000 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth12.27 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 265.82 Light Years
 81.50 Parsecs
 16,810,464.57 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.19.78 ± 4.63 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-11.77 ± 5.61 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-99.00
Radial Velocity-75.00 ± 7.40 km/s
Iron Abundance-1.32 ± 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 Days0.525
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)11.100 - 11.900

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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

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