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Saclateni (Zeta Aurigae, 8 Aurigae A) Star Facts

Saclateni Facts

Saclateni's Alternative Names

Zeta Aurigae (Zet Aur) is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Bayer Classification was created by Johann Bayer in the early nineteenth century. The brightest star in the constellation is normally given the Alpha designation although there are exceptions such as Pollux which is Beta Geminorum.

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR1612. HIP23453 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD32068.

Saclateni has alternative name(s) :- Sadatoni, Zet Aur, Zeta Aur, zet Aur.

Flamsteed designations are named after the creator, Sir John Flamsteed. Sir John numbered the stars in the constellation with a number and the latin name, this star's Flamsteed designation is 8 Aurigae A with it shortened to 8 Aur A.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD+40 1142.

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

Location of Saclateni

The location of the luminous giant 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 Saclateni, the location is 05h 02m 28.68 and +41° 04` 33.2 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Saclateni

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 -20.71 ± 0.18 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 9.45 ± 0.29 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 11.32 km/s with an error of about 0.30 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.

Saclateni Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 2,726.65 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Saclateni

Saclateni Colour and Temperature

Saclateni has a spectral type of K4II comp. This means the star is a orange to red luminous giant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.15 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,663 Kelvin.

Saclateni Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 63.33 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 44,064,486.14.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 63.04. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.06 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Saclateni Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Saclateni has an apparent magnitude of 3.69 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 -3.23 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -3.22. 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 Saclateni

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.14 which gave the calculated distance to Saclateni as 787.83 light years away from Earth or 241.55 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 787.83 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 4.15 which put Saclateni at a distance of 785.94 light years or 240.96 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 49,701,221.39 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,632.00 Parsecs or 24,892.79 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of Saclateni

The star is a eclipsing Beta Persei (Algol)/ 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. Saclateni brightness ranges from a magnitude of 3.876 to a magnitude of 3.842 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star.

Meteor Showers Radiating from near Saclateni

The Zeta Aurigids Meteor Shower radiants from a point near this star. The meteor shower runs typically between 11-Dec - 21 Jan with a peak date of 31-Jan.

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 Saclateni Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameSaclateni
Alternative NamesZeta Aurigae, Zet Aur, Sadatoni, Zet Aur, Zeta Aur, HD 32068, HIP 23453, HR 1612, 8 Aurigae A, 8 Aur A, BD+40 1142, zet Aur
Spectral TypeK4II comp
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemYes
Star TypeLuminous Giant Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Absolute Magnitude -3.23 / -3.22
Visual / Apparent Magnitude3.69
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 02m 28.68
Declination (Dec.)+41° 04` 33.2
Galactic Latitude-0.43 degrees
Galactic Longitude165.02 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.14 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 787.83 Light Years
 241.55 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.15 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 785.94 Light Years
 240.96 Parsecs
 49,701,221.39 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,892.79 Light Years / 7,632.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-20.71 ± 0.18 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.9.45 ± 0.29 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.15
Radial Velocity11.32 ± 0.30 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.06 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Semi-Major Axis7233.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)2,726.65
Orbital Period (Days)972.16
Argument Of Periastron336.00

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEclipsing
Variable Star TypeBeta Persei (Algol)/
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)3.842 - 3.876

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)63.04
Effective Temperature4,663 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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