RR Lacertae is a blue to white pulsating star that can be located in the constellation of Lacerta. RR Lacertae is the brightest star in Lacerta based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
HIP112026 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD240024.
RR Lacertae has alternative name(s), RR Lac.
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 RR Lacertae, the location is 22h 41m 26.53 and +56d25`58.1 .
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 -2.14 ± 0.78 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -3.66 ± 1.08 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.
RR Lacertae has a spectral type of F9. This means the star is a blue to white star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.83 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,353 Kelvin.
RR Lacertae Radius has been calculated as being 19.40 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 13,496,020.01.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 11.69. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.
RR Lacertae has an apparent magnitude of 8.87 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 -1.26 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -0.16. 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.
Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 0.94 which gave the calculated distance to RR Lacertae as 3469.82 light years away from Earth or 1063.83 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 3469.82 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 1.56 which put RR Lacertae at a distance of 2090.79 light years or 641.03 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.
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. RR Lacertae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 9.379 to a magnitude of 8.571 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 6.4 days (variability).
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.
|Traditional/Proper Name||RR Lacertae|
|Short Name||RR Lac|
|Hipparcos Library I.D.||112026|
|Bonner Durchmusterung||BD+55 2789|
|Henry Draper Designation||240024|
|Absolute Magnitude||-1.26 / -0.16|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||8.87|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||22h 41m 26.53|
|Galactic Latitude||-2.01 degrees|
|Galactic Longitude||105.64 degrees|
|1997 Distance from Earth||0.94 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|3469.82 Light Years|
|2007 Revised Distance from Earth||1.56 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|2090.79 Light Years|
|Proper Motion Dec.||-2.14 ± 0.78 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||-3.66 ± 1.08 milliarcseconds/year|
|Radial Velocity||-38.40 ± 0.20 km/s|
|Colour||(F) blue to white|
|Variable Star Class||Pulsating|
|Variable Star Type||Delta Cepheid|
|Mean Variability Period in Days||6.416|
|Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)||8.571 - 9.379|
|Calculated Effective Temperature||5,353 Kelvin|