Altair Startoon

Altair Startoon

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  • Hello! I am Altair, the star, and I am classified as a Main Sequence star in the H-R diagram. I currently am considered a White Dwarf. I am also a part of a star system.
  • The constellation I belong to is Aquila. In classical mythology Aquila was an eagle favored by Zeus.In another myth Aquila is the eagle that torments Prometheus, and is shot with a poisoned arrow by Hercules.
  • Look, it's my friends Vega (left) and Deneb (right)!
  • The time of the year you can see me in New Jersey is in early evenings during September and October.
  • Where am I located in the night sky, you wonder? Well, I am located in the Northern Hemisphere. I am one of the nearest stars on Earth visible to the naked human eye (16.73 light years, or 5.14 parsecs away from Earth).
  • My surface temperature is 6,900-8,500 K. I am considered a high mass star (1.79 solar masses). My absolute brightness is 2.21, and the spectral class I belong to is A7 V.
  • Here is some more facts about my life. I am 1.201 billion years old! Humans predict that I was probably born from the gas and dust and other debris created by the Big Bang (called protostar- one of the stages of the star). I started off as a Nebula. Sadly, after about a billion years, I might start to lose my energy. If that happens, I will be considered a black dwarf.
  • Humans also predict that I will change from a main sequence star to a super red giant, then change into a supernova, and finally a neutron star. When my core is hot enough for the fusion of helium into carbon, then my outer layers begin to expand and forms a red giant. And then I will probably die in an explosive called Supernova.
  • I have some fun facts about me to tell you! Theories suggest that my rotation, surface gravity, and temperature should be lower at my equator, making it less luminous than the poles.  Oh, also, I am the 12th brightest star in the galaxy!
  • I hope you enjoyed learning all the interesting facts about me! 
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