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Y Aurigae, HD278195, HIP25642

Y Aurigae is a blue to white pulsating variable star that can be located in the constellation of Auriga. The description is based on the spectral class. Y Aurigae 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.

Y Aurigae's Alternative Names

HIP25642 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD278195.

Y Aurigae has alternative name(s) :- , Y 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+42 1295.

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

Location of Y Aurigae

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 Y Aurigae, the location is 05h 28m 39.24 and +42° 26` 15.9 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Y Aurigae

Y Aurigae has a spectral type of F6.7. This means the star is a blue to white variable star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.82 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,376 Kelvin.

Y Aurigae Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Y Aurigae has an apparent magnitude of 9.75 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 Y Aurigae

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as -0.40 which gave the calculated distance to Y Aurigae as -8154.08 light years away from Earth or -2500 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, -8154.08 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Variable Type of Y Aurigae

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. Y Aurigae brightness ranges from a magnitude of 10.162 to a magnitude of 9.293 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 3.9 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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Y Aurigae Facts

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameY Aurigae
Alternative NamesHD 278195, HIP 25642, BD+42 1295, Y Aur
Spectral TypeF6.7
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeVariable Star
Colour blue to white
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationAuriga
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.75
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)05h 28m 39.24
Declination (Dec.)+42° 26` 15.9
Galactic Latitude4.33 degrees
Galactic Longitude166.75 degrees
Distance from Earth-0.40 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 -8154.08 Light Years
 -2500 Parsecs
 -515,658,422.46 Astronomical Units
B-V Index0.82
Radial Velocity8.50 ± 3.30 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 Days3.860
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)9.293 - 10.162

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature5,376 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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