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V535 Arae - HD159441 - HIP86306

V535 Arae is a blue eclipsing main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Ara. HIP86306 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD159441. V535 Arae has alternative name(s), V535_Ara.

Location of V535 Arae

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 V535 Arae, the location is 17h 38m 05.63 and -56d49`16.9 .

Proper Motion of V535 Arae

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 -050.13 ± 000.42 towards the north and -075.75 ± 000.78 east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of V535 Arae

V535 Arae has a spectral type of A8V. This means the star is a blue main sequence dwarf star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.33 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 7,066 Kelvin.

V535 Arae has been calculated as 2.39 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,663,489.80.km.

V535 Arae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V535 Arae has an apparent magnitude of 7.34 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 2.08 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.00. 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 V535 Arae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 8.87 which gave the calculated distance to V535 Arae as 367.72 light years away from Earth or 112.74 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 367.72 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 8.55 which put V535 Arae at a distance of 381.48 light years or 116.96 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.

Variable Type of V535 Arae

The star is a eclipsing W Ursae Majoris/Systems similar to W UMa systems in physical properties (KW), but not in contact 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. This is a some uncertainty as to the type but the type mentioned is the current variable star classification for this star. V535 Arae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 8.000 to a magnitude of 7.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 1.0 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 Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

V535 Arae Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional NameV535 Arae
Short NameV535 Ara
Hipparcos Library I.D.86306
Henry Draper Designation159441

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Absolute Magnitude2.08 / 2.00
Apparent Magnitude7.34
Right Ascension (R.A.)17h 38m 05.63
Declination (Dec.)-56d49`16.9
1997 Distance from Earth8.87 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 367.72 Light Years
 112.74 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth8.55 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 381.48 Light Years
 116.96 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-50.13 ± 0.42 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-75.75 ± 0.78 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.33
Spectral TypeA8V
Colour(A) blue

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEclipsing
Variable Star TypeW Ursae Majoris/Systems similar to W UMa systems in physical properties (KW), but not in contact probably
Mean Variability Period in Days1.000
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)7.000 - 8.000

Estimated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)2.39
Calculated Effective Temperature7,066 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

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