W Aquilae

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W Aquilae
W Aquilae binary.jpg
W Aquilae showing the close companion
Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Aquila
Right ascension  19h 15m 23.347s[1]
Declination 07° 02′ 50.35″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) (A):7.0 - 14.6[2]
Spectral type S66e[4] (S39e - S69e[2])
B−V color index +2.58[1]
Variable type Mira[2]
Spectral type F8/9[4]
Radial velocity (Rv)−18.0[5] km/s
Parallax (π)3.1128 ± 0.2018[6] mas
Distance1,050 ± 70 ly
(320 ± 20 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)(A): −0.7 to +6.9[3]
Mass1.04 - 3[4] M
Radius430 - 473[7] (870[8]R
Luminosity9,740 - 28,885[3] L
Temperature2,250 - 3,175[7] (1,800[8]K
Mass1.04 - 1.09[4] M
Temperature5,900 - 6,170[4] K
Other designations
W Aql, IRAS 19126-0708, TYC 5142-2895-1, 2MASS J19152335-0702503, AAVSO 1910-07
Database references

W Aquilae (W Aql / SAO 143184 / GC 2525) is a variable star in the constellation of Aquila.


W Aquilae is an S-type star with a spectral type of S39e to S69e, a red giant similar to M-type stars, but in which the dominant spectrum oxides are formed by metals of the fifth period of the periodic table. W Aquilae is also rich in the element technetium. Another feature of this class of stars is the stellar mass loss, in the case of W Aquilae is estimated at ~ 4×10−7 solar masses per year. Its effective temperature varies between 2,250 and 3,175 K and its diameter between 430 and 473 solar radii. It is also a very luminous star, between 9,740 and 28,885 times more than the sun.


W Aquilae is a variable whose brightness oscillates between magnitude +7.3 and +14.3 over a period of 490.43 days. In Mira variables (which are named after Mira, the prototype), this instability comes from pulsation in the stellar surface, causing changes in color and brightness. W Aquilae, a Mira variable, shows silicon monoxide maser emission.


A magnitude 14.8 companion has been detected 0.47" SW of W Aquilae. This is fainter than W Aquilae at minimum and corresponds to an absolute magnitude of +7.1. Although that absolute magnitude would correspond to a K4 main sequence star, a spectrum was classified as F5 or F8. The separation between the two stars is 160 AU.[3]

Planet X[edit]

A 2014 study of W Aquilae and α Centauri with the ALMA array claimed to have accidentally detected a previously-unknown solar system object. This received widespread press coverage as a potential discovery of planet X. The paper was withdrawn without being accepted for peer-reviewed publication.[9]


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  4. ^ a b c d e Danilovich, T.; Olofsson, G.; Black, J. H.; Justtanont, K.; Olofsson, H. (2015). "Classifying the secondary component of the binary star W Aquilae". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 574: A23. arXiv:1501.00863. Bibcode:2015A&A...574A..23D. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201423672.
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