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Y Sagittarii, HD168608, HIP89968, HR6863

Y Sagittarii is a blue to white pulsating luminous giant star that can be located in the constellation of Sagittarius. The description is based on the spectral class. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Y Sagittarii's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR6863. HIP89968 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD168608.

Y Sagittarii has alternative name(s) :- , Y Sgr.

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 57 G. Sagittarii. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

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-18 4926.

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

Location of Y Sagittarii

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 Sagittarii, the location is 18h 21m 22.99 and -18° 51` 35.9 .

Proper Motion of Y Sagittarii

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 -7.01 ± 0.24 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -3.12 ± 0.45 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon. The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards us is -1.40000 km/s with an error of about 2.30 km/s .

Y Sagittarii Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 626.07 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of Y Sagittarii

Y Sagittarii has a spectral type of F8II. This means the star is a blue to white luminous giant star. The star is 7,044.00 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 22,974.95 s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.67 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 5,716 Kelvin.

Y Sagittarii Radius has been calculated as being 26.59 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 18,502,281.45.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 25.39. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.02 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Y Sagittarii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Y Sagittarii has an apparent magnitude of 5.76 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 -2.23 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of -2.13. 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 Sagittarii

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 2.52 which gave the calculated distance to Y Sagittarii as 1294.30 light years away from Earth or 396.83 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 1294.30 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 2.64 which put Y Sagittarii at a distance of 1235.47 light years or 378.79 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.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,044.00 Parsecs or 22,974.95 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Variable Type of Y Sagittarii

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 Sagittarii brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.251 to a magnitude of 5.494 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 5.8 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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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameY Sagittarii
Alternative NamesY Sgr, HD 168608, HIP 89968, HR 6863, 57 G. Sagittarii, BD-18 4926, Y Sgr
Spectral TypeF8II
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeLuminous Giant Star
Colour blue to white
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationSagittarius
Absolute Magnitude-2.23 / -2.13
Visual / Apparent Magnitude5.76
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)18h 21m 22.99
Declination (Dec.)-18° 51` 35.9
Galactic Latitude-2.14 degrees
Galactic Longitude12.79 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth2.52 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1294.30 Light Years
 396.83 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth2.64 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 1235.47 Light Years
 378.79 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance22,974.95 Light Years / 7,044.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-7.01 ± 0.24 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-3.12 ± 0.45 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.67
Radial Velocity-1.40 ± 2.30 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.02 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Eccentricity0.07
Semi-Major Axis6825.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)626.07

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeDelta Cepheid
Mean Variability Period in Days5.774
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)5.494 - 6.251

Estimated Facts


Calculated Effective Temperature5,716 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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