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TY Scuti Facts

  • TY Scuti is a pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Scutum. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • TY Scuti is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (G1) of the star, the star's colour is yellow .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 732.95 light years away from us. Distance

TY Scuti's Alternative Names

HIP91706 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

TY Scuti has alternative name(s) :- TY Sct, TY Sct.

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

Location of TY Scuti

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 TY Scuti, the location is 18h 42m 07.91 and -04° 17` 36.5 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of TY Scuti

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 -4.02 ± 1.60 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 2.48 ± 2.79 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 7.00000 km/s with an error of about 3.70 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 of TY Scuti

TY Scuti Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of G1 , TY Scuti's colour and type is yellow variable star. Based on the star's spectral, the stars temperature is between 5,200.00 and 6,000.00 degrees kelvin.

TY Scuti Radius

TY Scuti Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

TY Scuti has an apparent magnitude of 10.99 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 4.01 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.23. 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 TY Scuti

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 4.02000 which gave the calculated distance to TY Scuti as 811.35 light years away from Earth or 248.76 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 4,769,622,696,532,521.97, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 4.45000 which put TY Scuti at a distance of 732.95 light years or 224.72 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 46,351,504.28 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 TY Scuti

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)
Walking4122,882,114,556.39
Car1204,096,070,485.21
Airbus A380736667,837,579.11
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269640,620,770.85
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54320,309,967.95
New Horizons Probe33,00014,894,801.76
Speed of Light670,616,629.00732.95

Variable Type of TY Scuti

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. TY Scuti brightness ranges from a magnitude of 11.344 to a magnitude of 10.525 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 11.0 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 TY Scuti Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameTY Scuti
Alternative NamesTY Sct, HIP 91706, TY Sct
Spectral TypeG1
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
ColourYellow
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationScutum
Absolute Magnitude 4.01 / 4.23
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.99
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 42m 07.91
Declination (Dec.)-04° 17` 36.5
Galactic Latitude0.10825809 degrees
Galactic Longitude28.05086266 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth4.02000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 811.35 Light Years
 248.76 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth4.45000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 732.95 Light Years
 224.72 Parsecs
 46,351,504.28 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-4.02000 ± 1.60000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.2.48000 ± 2.79000 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index-99
Radial Velocity7.00000 ± 3.70 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Cepheid
Mean Variability Period in Days11.049
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)10.525 - 11.344

Estimated Calculated Facts


Calculated Temperature Range5,200.00 - 6,000.00

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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