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V Aurigae (Carbon Star) Facts

V Aurigae Facts

V Aurigae's Alternative Names

HIP30449 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD44388.

V Aurigae has alternative name(s) :- V Aur, V Aur.

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+47 1291a.

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

Location of V Aurigae

The location of the Carbon 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 V Aurigae, the location is 06h 24m 02.33 and +47° 42` 23.9 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of V Aurigae

V Aurigae Colour and Temperature

V Aurigae has a spectral type of CVIIe+. This means the star is a carbon red Carbon star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 2.45 which means the star's temperature is about 0 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being .

V Aurigae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

V Aurigae has an apparent magnitude of 10.20 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 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 V Aurigae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -1.49 which gave the calculated distance to V Aurigae as -2189.02 light years away from Earth or -671.14 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is -1,467,993,213,214.

Variable Type of V Aurigae

The star is a pulsating Omicron Ceti 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. V Aurigae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 10.766 to a magnitude of 9.049 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 349.0 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 V Aurigae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV Aurigae
Alternative NamesV Aur, HD 44388, HIP 30449, BD+47 1291a, V Aur
Spectral TypeCVIIe+
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeCarbon Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Visual / Apparent Magnitude10.20
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)06h 24m 02.33
Declination (Dec.)+47° 42` 23.9
Galactic Latitude15.42 degrees
Galactic Longitude166.81 degrees
Distance from Earth-1.49 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -2189.02 Light Years
 -671.14 Parsecs
 -138,431,597.46 Astronomical Units
B-V Index2.45
Radial Velocity6.00 ± 7.40 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeOmicron Ceti
Mean Variability Period in Days349.000
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)9.049 - 10.766

Sources and Links

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