Omicron Persei

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Stars of Perseus. Omicron Persei is labeled with a lowercase omicron, located at the bottom of the image.
ο Persei
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Perseus
Right ascension 03h 44m 19.132s[1]
Declination +32° 17' 17.69"[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +3.83
Distance 1000-1600 ly
(300-500 pc)
Spectral type B1III/B3V
Other designations
Atik, 38 Per, HR 1131, HD 23180, SAO 56673

Omicron Persei (ο Per) is a star in the constellation Perseus. It has the traditional name Atik (also Ati, Al Atik, Arabic for "the shoulder").

Atik is a spectroscopic binary star consisting of a spectral type B1 giant and a type B3 dwarf orbiting each other every 8.5 days.

In fiction[edit]

Omicron Persei is perhaps best known from the animated television series Futurama, where it is the solar system of the Omicronians- a race of giant horned toad creatures. Its eighth planet is ruled by the despotic leader, Lrrr, who loudly and frequently announces the name of his home system.

It has been featured in other science fiction including Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Transformers.

Named after Atik[edit]

USS Atik was a ship of the United States Navy.

Ambiguity[edit]

Some sources, including Starry Night (planetarium software), an atlas,[2] and a web site[3] attribute the name Atik to the nearby, brighter star Zeta Persei.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Database entry for omicron persei, SIMBAD. Accessed online July 8, 2009.
  2. ^ Mullaney, James, and Tirion, Wil (2009). The Cambridge Double Star Atlas, Chart 7. University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 978-0-521-49343-7. 
  3. ^ Your Sky Object Catalogue: Named Stars

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