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W Lyncis, HIP40546

W Lyncis is a red pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Lynx. The description is based on the spectral class. W Lyncis is not part of the constellation but is within the borders of the constellation.

The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

W Lyncis's Alternative Names

HIP40546 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue.

W Lyncis has alternative name(s) :- , W Lyn.

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

Location of W Lyncis

The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For W Lyncis, the location is 08h 16m 46.86 and +40° 07` 53.2 .

Proper Motion of W Lyncis

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 4.93 ± 4.06 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -1.56 ± 8.06 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. . 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 (Colour, Temperature) of W Lyncis

W Lyncis has a spectral type of M6. This means the star is a red variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.5 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 4,014 Kelvin.

W Lyncis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

W Lyncis has an apparent magnitude of 11.81 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 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 8.48. 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 W Lyncis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -18.03 which gave the calculated distance to W Lyncis as -180.90 light years away from Earth or -55.46 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -180.90 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 21.53 which put W Lyncis at a distance of 151.49 light years or 46.45 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 9,580,933.49 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.

Variable Type of W Lyncis

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. W Lyncis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 14.090 to a magnitude of 10.544 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 297.0 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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W Lyncis Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameW Lyncis
Alternative NamesHIP 40546, W Lyn
Spectral TypeM6
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationLynx
Absolute Magnitude / 8.48
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.81
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)08h 16m 46.86
Declination (Dec.)+40° 07` 53.2
Galactic Latitude32.78 degrees
Galactic Longitude180.83 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth-18.03 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -180.90 Light Years
 -55.46 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth21.53 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 151.49 Light Years
 46.45 Parsecs
 9,580,933.49 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.4.93 ± 4.06 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-1.56 ± 8.06 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.50

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeOmicron Ceti
Mean Variability Period in Days297.000
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)10.544 - 14.090

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature4,014 Kelvin

Sources and Links


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