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WZ Sagittae

WZ Sagittae Facts

WZ Sagittae's Alternative Names

WZ Sagittae has alternative name(s) :- WZ Sge.

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

Location of WZ Sagittae

The location of the dwarf 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 WZ Sagittae, the location is 20 07 36.5036203067 and +17 42 14.733657651 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of WZ Sagittae

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 -24.25 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 71.64 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 62.30 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.

Physical Properties (Colour) of WZ Sagittae

WZ Sagittae Colour and Temperature

WZ Sagittae has a spectral type of DAepv E. This means the star is a white dwarf star.

Distance to WZ Sagittae

The Parallax of the star is given as 22.16 which gives a calculated distance to WZ Sagittae of 147.21 light years from the Earth or 45.13 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 147.21 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

The star is roughly 9,308,665.84 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.

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Additional WZ Sagittae Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameWZ Sagittae
Alternative NamesWZ Sge
Spectral TypeDAepv E
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeDwarf Star
ColourWhite
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationSagitta
Right Ascension (R.A.)20 07 36.5036203067
Declination (Dec.)+17 42 14.733657651
Distance from Earth22.16 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 147.21 Light Years
 45.13 Parsecs
 9,308,665.84 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-24.25 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.71.64 milliarcseconds/year
Radial Velocity62.30 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Sources and Links


Sourcehttp://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=wz%20sge

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