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Z Ceti Facts

  • Z Ceti is a pulsating star that can be located in the constellation of Cetus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Z Ceti is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (M5-6e B) of the star, the star's colour is red .
  • The star is calculated at being about 9689.94 light years away from us. Distance

Z Ceti's Alternative Names

The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD6592.

Z Ceti has alternative name(s) :- Z Cet.

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

Location of Z Ceti

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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Z Ceti, the location is 01 06 45.1214252990 and -01 28 53.139577759 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Z Ceti

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 3.56 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -9.32 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 3.00000 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 of Z Ceti

Z Ceti Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of M5-6e B , Z Ceti's colour and type is red star. Based on the star's spectral, the stars temperature is between 2,400.00 and 3,700.00 degrees kelvin.

Distance to Z Ceti

The Parallax of the star is given as 0.33660 which gives a calculated distance to Z Ceti of 9689.94 light years from the Earth or 2970.89 parsecs. It is about 56,963,527,148,626,790 miles from Earth.

The star is roughly 612,785,780.28 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.

Travel Time to Z Ceti

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking41,624,558,724,503.07
Car12054,151,957,483.44
Airbus A3807368,829,123,502.73
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2698,469,304,635.03
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.544,234,646,798.40
New Horizons Probe33,000196,916,209.03
Speed of Light670,616,629.009,689.94

Variable Type of Z Ceti

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.

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Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameZ Ceti
Alternative NamesZ Cet, HD 6592
Spectral TypeM5-6e B
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
ColourRed
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationCetus
Right Ascension (R.A.)01 06 45.1214252990
Declination (Dec.)-01 28 53.139577759
Distance from Earth0.33660 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 9689.94 Light Years
 2970.89 Parsecs
 612,785,780.28 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.3.55600 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-9.32100 milliarcseconds/year
Radial Velocity3.00000 km/s
RedShift0.0000100000

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassPulsating
Variable Star TypeOmicron Ceti

Estimated Calculated Facts


Calculated Temperature Range2,400.00 - 3,700.00

Sources and Links


Sourcehttp://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=Z Ceti

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