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Y Sextantis - HD87079 - HIP49217

Y Sextantis is a blue to white eclipsing star that can be located in the constellation of Sextans. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

HIP49217 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD87079.

Y Sextantis has alternative name(s), Y_Sex.

Location of Y Sextantis

The location of the star in the galaxy 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 Sextantis, the location is 10h 02m 47.96 and +01d05`40.4 .

Proper Motion of Y Sextantis

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 -3.62 ± 1.27 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 1.60 ± 2.09 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Radius) of Y Sextantis

Y Sextantis has a spectral type of F8. This means the star is a blue to white star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.47 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,193 Kelvin.

Y Sextantis Radius has been calculated as being 0.95 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 659,993.90.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 0.98. 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 -0.11 with an error value of 9.99 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

Y Sextantis Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Y Sextantis has an apparent magnitude of 9.88 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 4.66 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.60. 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 Sextantis

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 9.02 which gave the calculated distance to Y Sextantis as 361.60 light years away from Earth or 110.86 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 361.60 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 8.78 which put Y Sextantis at a distance of 371.48 light years or 113.90 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.

Variable Type of Y Sextantis

The star is a eclipsing W Ursae Majoris/Contact systems of the W UMa type, with ellipsoidal components of F0-K spectral type 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 Sextantis brightness ranges from a magnitude of 10.000 to a magnitude of 10.000 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star.

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.

Y Sextantis Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NameY Sextantis
Short NameY Sex
Hipparcos Library I.D.49217
Bonner DurchmusterungBDD+01 2394
Henry Draper Designation87079

Visual Facts

Star Type star
Absolute Magnitude4.66 / 4.60
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.88
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Ref: Wiki
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 02m 47.96
Declination (Dec.)+01d05`40.4
Galactic Latitude41.94 degrees
Galactic Longitude238.49 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth9.02 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 361.60 Light Years
 110.86 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth8.78 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 371.48 Light Years
 113.90 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-3.62 ± 1.27 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1.60 ± 2.09 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.47
Radial Velocity9.80 ± 2.00 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.11 ± 9.99 Fe/H
Spectral TypeF8
Colour(F) blue to white

Variable Star Details

Variable Star ClassEclipsing
Variable Star TypeW Ursae Majoris/Contact systems of the W UMa type, with ellipsoidal components of F0-K spectral type

Estimated Facts

Calculated Effective Temperature6,193 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.


Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
87079+01 2394.0A10.100001.00000-3.00000F8Yellow/White
B12.700001.00000-3.000001991

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