18 Aquilae

Stellar classification



  • X -493
  • Y 14
  • Z 495
→ Sol: 699

Object type

  • Eclipsing binary
  • Star
  • Double or multiple star
  • Ellipsoidal variable Star
  • Infra-Red source
  • Spectroscopic binary
  • UV-emission source
  • Variable Star
simbad:* 18 Aql


18 Aquilae (abbreviated 18 Aql) is a triple star system in the constellation of Aquila. 18 Aquilae is the Flamsteed designation; it also bears the variable star designation Y Aquilae. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 5.07. The distance to this system can be estimated from the annual parallax shift of 6.43 mas, yielding a value of around 510 light-years (160 parsecs) away from Earth.

The inner pair of stars in this system form a spectroscopic binary with a combined magnitude of 5.44 and an orbital period of 1.302 days. The primary component is a giant star with a stellar classification of B8 III. Because the orbital plane is inclined near the line of sight, two form an eclipsing binary system. The eclipse of the primary component causes a 0.04 drop in magnitude, while the eclipse of the secondary results in a decrease of 0.03. At an angular separation of 0.310 arcseconds is the magnitude 6.39 tertiary component. This system has a high peculiar velocity of 29.7 ± 3.9 km/s relative to the neighboring stars.

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